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Vicky Kaushal on the filmmaker who taught him his toughest acting lesson


When you meet her, the first thing you notice about Meghna Gulzar is that she’s a soft-spoken person but there’s an underlying strength and conviction that makes her extraordinary. I’d admired her work in Talvar—to present a story that has already been in the public eye and not let biases take over is a huge responsibility for a filmmaker. It was one of the finest films of 2015. I was already a fan and couldn’t wait to work with her on Raazi (2018).

IN THE DETAILS

Meghna pens her film on paper to the last detail. With Raazi, she knew what the colour of the uniform was going to be, down to the medals and fineries attached, headgear or hairstyle… She had thought through every detail. And when you’re working with a director who has such clarity of vision, it becomes easy for an actor to surrender completely.

The script of Raazi was so refined, there was no need to improvise. The script was under Meghna’s direction. While directing, Meghna immerses herself in that world. She’s only living, breathing, eating that film at that time. Her awareness is such that she can see the story from the perspective of every character in the film. Working with her on my character, Iqbal, taught me a lot. He was this normal guy who happens to be a Pakistani major. He didn’t have any characteristic quirks or even a signature gait. There were moments when I had no dialogues or even a background score to lean on; only my eyes had to emote. In that process, I had to understand the part and play it with a sense of stillness. And I think finding that restraint was one of the most difficult things I’ve done as an actor.

DIRECTOR’S CUT

I never saw her as a female filmmaker; on set you don’t really see things from the lens of gender. Just like every actor has a different approach, so does every director. Meghna comes ready on paper with all the work we have to do that day and is honest to her vision.

Travelling with her in Kashmir was beautiful. It was my first time there, and I just fell in love with the place. For Meghna, this journey meant that life was coming full circle—she had made many trips to Kashmir as a child on her parents’ set, and today she was calling the shots. She knew Kashmir and its pulse well. She was like our local guide—taking us on a shikara and making us try out the delicious tujji kebabs next to Dal Lake. She even took me to the best shawl store in Kashmir and helped me pick up gifts for my parents. During our 48-day schedule, when we were shooting in Pahalgam and Srinagar, our days would end with bonfire sessions, homecooked meals and conversations.

At first, Meghna comes across as a serious taskmaster, but what surprised me most was her sense of humour. Off camera, she’s warm and compassionate, and always taking care of her team. Today, I’m lucky to call her a friend. It’s a beautiful relationship where we champion each other. So in between maddening promotions, when Vogue India asked me to talk about Meghna, I knew I could do it—anytime, anywhere—because I’m a happier person just talking about her.

Read more in Vogue India’s November 2018 issue that hit stands on November 5, 2018

Photographed by: Bikramjit Bose. Styled by: Anaita Shroff Adajania

On Kareena: Bikini top, Melissa Odabash

Hair: Ajay Kaloya (Ranbir); Priyanka Borkar (Alia); Yianni Tsapatori/ Faze Management (Kareena). Makeup: Mickey Contractor (Kareena); Hemant Naik (Ranbir); Puneet B Saini (Alia). Production: Imran Khatri Productions; Divya Jagwani. Photographer’s assistants: Vikas Gotra (Ranbir). Assistant stylists: Priyanka Kapadia; Fabio Immediato; Aradhana Baruah. Editorial assistant: Janine Dubash

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