Rakul Preet Singh made her Bollywood debut with Yaariyan and after a series of films in the South is poised to make a comeback in Hindi films with the upcoming spy thriller Neeraj Pandey, Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra, and reached the screens on the 16th of February.
In an exclusive interview with Firstpost, the brave actress talks about her return to Bollywood, working the difference in different cuts between Southern and Hindi film and eventually working with Neeraj Pandey.
What role do you play in Aiyaary?
I’m a software engineer and a hacker in the movie. When you watch the movie you will understand how to get between these “aiyaars” (tricksters) in a hacker. In addition to the romantic story (with Sidharth), my character Sonia Gupta is a central part of the film. I am not alone for romance. I’ve always believed that everyone plays an important role in Neeraj’s films. Every character in the movie has a reason to be there.
When I missed the opportunity to work with Mr. S Dhoni on Neeraj Sir, I wanted to do it. I did a lot of movies in the South and decided that I would only do a Bollywood movie if it was worth it. Aiyaary was a great project as it has solid content.
What made you change directions?
It was not intended. I started filming my Telugu movie in the room between the end of filming Yaariyan and her release, it was exactly one year. My Telugu movie was a big hit and when she left, Yaariyan already made two or three Telugu films. In addition, there were many positive movements in the South. In four years I shot 16 to 17 movies in the south. I shot every day of my life. I have reached a point where I will do nothing. This is worth the time and effort.
Currently, Bollywood and Southern Industries have almost joined forces and are on the same platform. Akshay (Kumar) takes a negative lead with Rajini Sir. With Baahubali even the Hindi public began to see films from the south.
What is the difference in working style between the Hindi film industry and the South Film industry?
There is not much difference except in the South we roll out over 18 hours because there are unions and the call list follows. The schedule is usually between 7 o’clock in the morning. and at 18 o’clock, unless we have to turn a sequence at night. With this type of schedule, we can take pictures every day, because you can watch the afternoon for yourself: in his office, in the gym, watching movies. We have four to five hours for us. This is the only difference. Otherwise, I always thought there were only good or bad manufacturers, good equipment or bad equipment.
How was working with Sidharth in Aiyaary?
Sidharth is very calm, down to earth and extremely hardworking. We are well connected since we went to Delhi and our grandparents’ house is just one way. We went to the same gym; There were many shared stories to share.
After Aiyaary, what’s next?
I’ve already started filming for my next Hindi film with Ajay Devgn and Tabu. We just finished our first time in Mumbai. The film is directed by Akib Ali, who is one of the best editors; He edited Padmavati. The movie is a typical romantic comedy. On top of that, I also make a movie with Suriya and Karthi.
Tags: Rakul Preet Singh, Tollywood, Aiyaary, Upcoming Hindi film, Neeraj Pandey, Siddharth Malhotra