Disha Patani ruled the screen when she made an adorable debut in ‘M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story’. She made an instant connection with the audience and turned everyone into her fan with her cuteness and eyes with a certain depth. Her overnight popularity landed her an international film opposite Jackie Chan named ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ where she ruled hearts again. She now plays Neha in an Ahmed Khan directorial ‘Baaghi 2’ where she’s paired with Tiger Shroff and is the essence of the film.
We chatted with the diva, of the her own league, about the film, her journey and more. Let’s see what she had to say:
Q. We don’t get to see you as much as Tiger in the trailer of ‘Baaghi 2’. What do you feel about that?
Disha Patani: A trailer is just the first impression of the film. It’s not the complete film. When you see the film, you realize how important the characters are in the film and how they’re placed. It doesn’t matter about how much I’m shown in the trailer, it’s about how you connect with me through the film.
Q. Is action all that we get to see in the film?
Disha Patani: It’s an action love story. There’s a reason why Ronnie aka Tiger is fighting in the film, and that’s for love.
Q. Do you think you’re ready to do action for films?
Disha Patani: I haven’t thought about it so much. I can work in an action film but it depends on the story.
Q. What do you think is the reason behind a lot of female oriented action films not being made?
Disha Patani: There should be female oriented action films. Unfortunately, not many producers are ready to invest in a film on a girl fighting. Katrina (Kaif) did such a thing (in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai‘) but we’ve never had a full fledged female action film. Be it any profession, girls are yet to get their dues. Hopefully this will change. People still cannot imagine women fighting, they have the idea of them being beautiful and there. Films are a reflection of people’s perspective and are made to cater their taste. If the society accepts women doing action then films will start showcasing that.
Q. What is your criteria of selecting a role?
Disha Patani: The story and my role are the most important for me.
Q. We know nothing about your character. What’s the reason behind this?
Disha Patani: My character in the film is still very suspicious to the audiences, one will know all about it once they watch the film. The film is about rebels in love and how they’re fighting the world to make their lives happier.
Q. Are you a rebel in real life?
Disha Patani: I think I’m a Rebel because I want to be relevant in this industry and left my studies for it.
Q. How did your Bollywood journey begin?
Disha Patani: My family is very supportive. Initially, they were skeptical but they were never hesitant of the idea. I was doing B. Tech and wanted to be an air force pilot. I was a very shy girl and socially awkward. I never thought I could be an actress. I didn’t know how acting was done. I won a beauty contest in Mumbai which was done for fun during a summer break. Then I was called for a shoot and a modelling agency called Toabh wanted to sign me up. I did it and also started auditioning for TV commercials. I used to stay back for a day during the contest and do these auditions. I feel lucky because I used to get what I used to get into. I started making money. I was 18 and was feeling very independent. I shifted to Mumbai after being kicked out of my college. I was made to decide it was their modelling or studies. I was just a normal girl with no idea about the industry. I had to audition and keep doing the work I did for survival. And that’s how films happened.
Q. Was it easy for you to get into this huge industry?
Disha Patani: Nothing is smooth for any profession. My sister is a Captain in the army and I think it’s as difficult. However, I can’t do 10% of what she does. It’s just that my life is much easier.
Q. Has your perception changes about Bollywood after working her for sometime now?
Disha Patani: Since I had no idea about the industry, I had no perception about it (laughs). Acting is a job and I take it that way. I don’t think so much about it. I’m happy and lucky to be where I am without any kind of support. If I can do it, anyone can do it.
Q. What kind of films do you like?
Disha Patani: I love action films, superhero films and horror films. I really liked Avengers, Hulk, Iron Man and Wonder Woman. I also like Everything Undisputed, Mission Impossible and the likes.
Q. It is being remounted that Tiger Shroff has recommended you for ‘Baaghi 2’, can you confirm the same?
Disha Patani: I wish to get suggested for films but having a producer like Sajid Nadiadwala who is very clear of who and what he wants, he cannot be suggested of things. And this question should be asked to tiger.
Q. Do you think it’s your off screen chemistry with Tiger that has made you cast opposite him in ‘Baaghi 2’?
Disha Patani: I’m sure the producers must have thought about it and cast us.
Q. What’s your next project?
Disha Patani: I’m doing a south film called Sangamithra which will be a trilingual film.
Q. Are you doing ‘Student Of The Year 2’?
Disha Patani: I’m not doing Student Of The Year 2 and was never approached for it. Currently I don’t have Bollywood projects in the pipeline.
Q. Are you being very choosy in selecting your roles and taking your career slow?
Disha Patani: It’s not about me taking my career slow. It’s about me signing the right film. I don’t have anyone to shield me. If a film doesn’t work I don’t know if I will get another chance. So any step that I take, I have to be careful and proud to doing the work I do. I’m selfish for a good role.
Q. Are you comfortable doing a full on comedy?
Disha Patani: I’m good at comedy personally. Once I get more confident I want to explore that genre in a film. I still have inhibitions regarding comedy and crossing the thin line of overacting. Depending on what role I get, I will see how strong it is and do it.
Q. Can you recall a memorable fan moment?
Disha Patani: I remember this one girl named Muskaan who has made my first fan club ever. She’s a very sweet girl who wants to become a model. She’s from Ahmedabad and she had come to Mumbai with her family to meet me. She keeps asking me for advice on modelling and most of the times I’m unsure because I am clueless myself.
Q. What do you have to say about Tiger’s look in ‘Baaghi 2’?
Disha Patani: Tiger is looking Super hot.
Q. Was Tiger Shroff your go-to person during the shoot of the film?
Disha Patani: My go to person for anything during the film was Ahmed (Khan) Sir and then Tiger. Prateik (Babbar) in the film has proved himself too. I had a scene with him where he was amazing. We couldn’t spend so much time together though. So Tiger was the actor I spent most of my time with.