– Rinku Gupta
The tall and pretty RAKUL PREET SINGH is excited about her upcoming release this week. Paired opposite Tollywood heartthrob Ram Charan in Dhruva, she is thrilled at the way the film has shaped up. The songs and making videos have grabbed eyeballs on social media. In a chat with Rakul, we learn why she enjoyed working with Ram Charan again and the memorable experiences the film has given her.
“This is my second film with Ram Charan and. I really enjoy working with him. He is one of my favourite co-stars. Despite the star family he comes from, he is so chilled out and grounded, it’s just amazing, Even when I worked with him in Bruce Lee, for the first time, he broke the ice so easily and we got along so well. I feel the performance improves when you are comfortable with your co-stars.” says Rakul. “He has changed himself completely for this role where he plays a tough cop matching the mind games of the baddie. This will be among the best films of his career. He is very hard working with no tantrums. He has worked hard with full discipline for the cop look in this film. He has worked specially hard for the bare body shots and maintained a strict diet all through to get the fit cop look right. When you see him on screen you will actually be convinced that he is the hard hitting IPS Officer who knows what he wants and how to get it. But he has a lighter side to him as well and while shooting, he likes to make the atmosphere fun on sets. He is a brat at times and keeps playing pranks on me. Many times he would tell me there was a shoot planned in the water or something extra we had to do and I would actually believe him! I tried many times to play such pranks on him too in return!”
The Tamil original, Thani Oruvan was a big hit with Jayam Ravi and Nayanthara in the lead with Arvind Swami playing a suave bad guy. Speaking about her role, Rakul says, “In Dhruva I play Shikha a forensic expert, a girl with her head on her shoulders. I have a very different look from my other films, dressed in formals.” The song visuals however, show her glam side and the sizzling chemistry with Ram Charan. Talking about the song shoot reminds her of the memorable experiences she had while shooting them. Says she, “Choosa Choosa was shot in Kashmir as part of a long schedule of around 20 days there. It was a wonderful experience I will always cherish. It was like a detox since we were shooting in lovely locations and eating fresh and exotic local fruits and cuisine and breathing in the fresh mountain air! We felt completely rejuvenated though we were shooting long hours. I have lived in Jammu when I was one year old and have been there as a child but I don’t remember much about it. So shooting for Dhruva there gave me an experience to cherish.”
The actor who loves Thai food, could not sample the local cuisine there when the unit went for a song shoot to Krabi in Thailand. “Thai food is among my favourites. But while shooting for the Pareshanura song there I was on a diet so I couldn’t eat the food. But on the very last day, I went all out and tried the sticky mango rice, Thai curry and lots of sea food!” The song is going to be a very special one, feels Rakul. “I think this is going to be one of the most stylishly shot songs in Telugu and maybe in India itself. That’s because of the costumes, looks and international way it’s shot. The music is also great. It’s one of my favourites in the film and I am waiting to see audience reaction to it.”