4. As a pan-India star, Adipurush’s comparisons with Baahubali are evident for you as an actor. What would you say to those who will draw parallels between these two epic roles of yours?
Adipurush and Baahubali are distinct projects with different storylines, appeals, and approaches. Adipurush is a film that revolves around the epic tale of Ramayana, which is deeply rooted in Indian culture and religion. It is a story that we have grown up listening to, and there are numerous emotional and spiritual aspects attached to it. The film aims to portray the essence of the epic and bring it to life on the big screen.
5. Do you think spectacle-adventure films are perfect to draw the audience in at a time when the big screens are still limping back to normalcy?
I truly believe it’s the content that always draws the audience to the theatres! If you are telling a good story, the audience will surely come to watch it on the big screen. Not the actors or the movie, but content is the king. And after all, cinema is all about the great experience. Spectacle-adventure films have their own appeal, as they offer immersive visual experiences and thrilling narratives – especially Adipurush holds the potential to captivate viewers with its grandeur and epic storytelling. The film’s ability to bring the timeless tale of the epic saga to life on the big screen is a testament to the strength of its content of bringing people back to theatres!
6. You are known to be a big foodie. For an epic film like a Bahubali or Adipurush, where you have to look a certain way on the big screen, what changes do you undergo in your fitness and diet? When do you start the prep for the same?
I believe that physical transformation is an integral part of preparing for roles like Baahubali or Adipurush. When it comes to portraying characters who possess immense strength and stature, it requires a dedicated approach to fitness and diet. However for Adipurush, it was not just about the physical transformation but Raghav required a certain understanding and immersive mindset approach as the aim wasn’t just to deliver a physically convincing performance but also emotionally impactful, capturing the depth and nuances of the character’s journey.
7. What was it like to work with Kriti Sanon and Om Raut?
I cannot sum up the genius of Om Raut in a few words. I was stunned to see the clarity in his vision. I am thankful to Om as well as Bhushanji who instilled the confidence in me to play a mighty role like this. Kriti as a co-star was brilliant; the nuances of Janaki came very naturally to her. Off-screen too we shared a great camaraderie, she was very warm. She is a thorough professional and a brilliant actor. So our on-screen equation came in very easily.