– Yaser Khan
Nushrat Bharucha is a promising actress who can be your girl next door and a girl you can only imagine to have in your dreams. This Parsi girl has been delivering since ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama’ which became her claim to fame although she has previously done other films. In what seems to be like an extension of her character in the ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama’ series, she continuous to play who may not be bothering her boyfriend this time but definitely is a threat to his best friend. Nushrat plays Titu, in her fourth film with director Luv Ranjan ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’, where she’s set to win hearts with a pinch of drama.
Cinespeaks exclusively chatted with ‘lady of the moment’ and here’s what she told us:
Q. You’ve lost weight after completing the shoot of the film, what was the reason behind it?
Nushrat Bharucha: When I saw the trailer of the film I felt like I was looking big onscreen. We shot the songs ‘Dil Chori’ and ‘Chhote Chhote Peg’ much later and I lost weight for those songs. I had 20 days to drop it all. I’ve literally starved. The point wasn’t to lose the kilos but to tone down certain parts. I trained under Viraj who also trains Sunidhi Chauhan.
Q. In the ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama’ series we’ve noticed how you’re in love with all the shades of pink, are the walls of your room de heated with pink just like the film?
Nushrat Bharucha: I live with my mom, dad and dadi in Juhu, Mumbai. I’ve been a joint family kid. When I get married and hopefully have my own house I’ll not make it too girly like the characters in my films do. I’m more about the greys, olives and browns.
Q. Tell us something about your college life.
Nushrat Bharucha: I studied from Jai Hind college. I used to wear loose kurta, unflattering jeans and oversized spectacles along with a khadi bag. I never understood the concept of dressing up to a college because it’s meant to educate you and you need to spend a lot of hours there, so being comfortable was the only option for me. I was very spotable with my unique get up.
Q. Do you get recognized now by the general public?
Nushrat Bharucha: Sometimes people don’t recognize me very fast and I can take a rickshaw if required. I’m sometimes happy for this fact. It doesn’t affect me to not be recognized because I’m used to it anyway. If I get recognized too much it maybe different for me.
Q. Do you remember your first fan moment?
Nushrat Bharucha: The first installment of ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama’ and the theme around it was very Delhi based. I remember landing in Delhi for the promotions of the film with the other cast members and being approached by people for a selfie and pictures. I asked them if they’ve confused me with someone else only to realize that I’ve actually become a recognizable face.
Q. Tell us something about your bond with the entire team you’ve been working for the last four films.
Nushrat Bharucha: With the entire team it’s been amazing. We have had our ups and downs. We’ve passed through fire to become diamonds. We have effortless friendship. We are comfortable with each other.
Q. Have you personally been in the ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ situation?
Nushrat Bharucha: I’ve been in a situation where I had two friends a girl and a guy. I liked the guy but those two friends were dating. The girl’s mom only trusted me with her and she used to send me as a third wheel on their dates. Even on Valentine’s Day I would accompany them. I used to sob later for all the romance they would indulge in. They were dating for 6 years and the guy later found out about my crush on him. He tried setting me up with his best friend.
Q. Tell us something about your director Luv Ranjan.
Nushrat Bharucha: For me everything going on with regards to me in a Luv Ranjan film is an added advantage. I’ve agreed with him on a lot of creative things. He has some much within him which still isn’t out. His strongest piece of work is drama.
Q. You’ve worked down South in a Telugu and a Tamil film. How was your experience there?
Nushrat Bharucha: My problem with South cinema is the language. I was asked to count numbers instead of even trying to mouth the dialogues and they would dub it. Although I insisted in getting a Roman English version of the dialogues. I felt pointless there because as an actor I had nothing much to do. They already give you less scenes because you can’t say the dialogues. It was difficult and not fun at all. They do have some great scripts though. If I get those then I may overlook the language barriers.
Q. Luv Ranjan has told us if Akash Vaani, which couldn’t work at the box office, if it would have released in the recent times, it would have garnered better. Why do you think he said so?
Nushrat Bharucha: We are more established as stars right now. Maybe in that way he meant it would have worked better if it released now. We were nobody when we did a drama. The subject was tough to deal with. We have a certain footfall now.
Q. Do you think you’ve been typecasted as the ‘girlfriend’ and the heroine of all the Luv Ranjan films?
Nushrat Bharucha: People remember me only for ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ series, they don’t remember a ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhoka’. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m typecasted and I don’t have any fear about it. Now I can try and break this by doing something different.
Q. Talking about having so many star kids around, do you think it’s difficult for self made actors like you to enter the industry?
Nushrat Bharucha: The struggle is equal on both parts. It’s not maths where you can use a formula and solve your paper. This is about bringing your emotions to play and have audiences like you for it. You can’t force someone to like you. If you can’t do your job well you can’t survive. Star kids may get to be on a set earlier than us but they have to prove themselves to survive on that set. Sometimes people choose others over me who don’t necessarily have a background. When Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone made their debuts there was a requirement for tall girls. I am not tall. It was difficult for me to then be a part of Bollywood. They were outsiders who changed the game. Similarly ones who came after them also brought changes. Star kids get an opportunity and when it’s a film and limelight you’ll obviously use that opportunity. For me competition can come from anywhere.
Q. Your first film was ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’. Tell us something about your experience of having done it.
Nushrat Bharucha: I was a kid who was studying when I was approached for ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’. I was giving exams and shooting at the same time. I didn’t even know how to drape a saree. I was this Maa Santoshi devotee who finds the Goddess in front of her. I didn’t know anything about acting and had to execute this scene. Nobody guided me about the scene because nobody knows what it is to see a God in front of them. It was very difficult to shoot. I remember seeing heroines doing a crying scene where they would lean on the wall and slide down in grief. I wanted to recreate that scene for the film. I did it in the film. It felt natural.
Q. What do you think has worked with ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ series?
Nushrat Bharucha: Till ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ films only showed how men break women’s hearts by cheating on them. Always about how men used women. But ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ gave a different angle where men were getting hurt by the things women would do. It was a perspective where boys were the victims.
Q. Tell us something about your film ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’.
Nushrat Bharucha: ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ deals with a girl who comes in between the friendship of two boys. In an arranged marriage, how the girl is trying to win the guy and his family over and how the best friend is trying to find a problem in this girl is the story. How much fun can you have in this situation is what the film deals with. If it was two girls and one guy then the film would have been something else. It’s not about the boy ego Vs girl ego.
Q. Would you be comfortable doing a TV show? And what about web series?
Nushrat Bharucha: I don’t see myself doing TV. I’m approached for shows from Star Plus every year but I don’t see myself in that space. I can do a web series with a different subject. It shouldn’t be something that we are doing on the silver screen. The character should have something that excites the actor in me. I’ve come here to do what I love doing. Being the character has to be enjoyed by me.
Q. Being in this industry for sometime now, what is the survival instinct that you’ve learnt about?
Nushrat Bharucha: Temperament is something you need to have. I lack it and lose it sometimes. If Kartik, for example, says something to me even if it’s a joke it can sometimes change my day I can go quiet. I’m like Jordan from Rockstar, I’m unadulterated and straight forward. I cannot put a show, I need things to be expressed my way. It helps me portray my emotions easily onscreen.