EXCLUSIVE! Mukul Chadda On Filming Sherni Amid COVID-19; Says Co-Star Vidya Balan Has This Amazing Quality

EXCLUSIVE! Mukul Chadda On Filming Sherni Amid COVID-19; Says Co-Star Vidya Balan Has This Amazing Quality


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oi-Sanyukta Thakare

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Mukul
Chadda
got
candid
about
the
release
of
his
upcoming
film

Sherni

and
web
show

Sunflower

with
us
at

Filmibeat
.
The
actor
also
shared
his
experience
while
shooting
the
projects
and
what
made
him
miss
the
days
before
the
pandemic.

Mukul Chadda,

Talking
about
his

Sherni

co-star
Vidya
Balan,
Mukul
praised
the
actress
calling
her
a
wonderful
person,
who
is
easy
to
get
along
with.
Sharing
what
drew
him
to
take
Sherni,
Mukul
said
that
it
was
director
Amit
Masurkar.
“I
was
drawn
to
the
very
honest
and
candid
way
he
was
talking
about
the
film
and
what
he
was
trying
to
achieve.
And
straight
away
I
felt
like
I
wanted
to
be
a
part
of
the
film
and
work
with
him,” he
told

Filmibeat
.

Here
are
excerpts
from
the
interview,


1.

Sherni’s

trailer
just
dropped,
how
has
the
response
been
after
the
trailer
release?

It’s
been
great,
so
many
people
have
watched
the
trailer
and
they
have
responded
very
positively.
There
is
a
lot
of
buzz
and
excitement
for
the
film.
I
am
also
excited
for
the
film’s
release,
it
is
a
special
project
in
terms
of
the
people
who
have
worked
on
it
and
with
the
response
that
we
have
got,
the
excitement
has
gone
up.


2.
The
trailer
hints
that
the
film
has
a
theme
of
victorious
women
in
a
patriarchal
society.
Is
the
film’s
name
also
a
spin
on
the
same?

I
am
always
a
bit
wary
to
say
‘this
is
what
the
film
is
about’,
because
films
are
about
many
different
things
but
these
two
themes
have
definitely
been
explored.
Like
many
of
Amit’s
(Masurkar)
films,

Sherni

is
not
about
a
singular
issue.
I
think
what
he
does
very
skillfully
is
he
manages
to
talk
about
a
variety
of
issues.
Real-life
too
is
about
many
things
and
Amit
is
definitely
someone
who
goes
on
the
path
of
exploring
some
of
those.


3.
What
was
your
reaction
when
you
first
read
the
script
about
man-animal
conflict?
It
is
not
a
common
topic
that
is
explored
in
Bollywood,
and
if
it
has
been
it
has
not
executed
well
or
performed
well
at
the
box
office.

You
are
absolutely
right,
this
is
not
a
common
theme
that
we
have
seen.
I
am
glad
that
someone,
in
a
realistic
manner
is
exploring
this
man-animal
conflict
that
needs
more
attention.
But
what
drew
my
attention
to
it
was
Amit
Masurkar
(director)
himself.
I
had
a
meeting
with
him
and
I
was
drawn
to
the
very
honest
and
candid
way
he
was
talking
about
the
film
and
what
he
was
trying
to
achieve.
And
straight
away
I
felt
like
I
wanted
to
be
a
part
of
the
film
and
work
with
him.


4.
How
was
your
chemistry
with
Vidya
Balan
on
and
off-screen
while
on
set?

I
want
to
let
you
watch
the
film
and
decide
for
yourself
how
the
chemistry
between
my
character
and
Vidya’s
character
is
in
the
film.
It
is
very
interesting,
and
what’s
nice
is
the
way
Amit
has
gone
about
exploring
their
relationship.
In
real
life,
all
our
relationships
are
complicated
and
there
is
nothing
about
these
characters
that
you
can
put
into
a
box
and
say
that’s
how
it
is.
Amit
has
also
explored
that
very
well
in
the
film.

It
was
very
wonderful
to
work
with
Vidya.
We
know
that
she
is
a
wonderful
actress,
but
she
is
also
a
wonderful
person.
Vidya
has
this
amazing
ability
to
make
people
around
her
feel
comfortable.
So,
I
never
felt
that
I
was
working
with
and
was
in
presence
of
a
huge
star.
It
felt
like
I
was
working
with
another
co-actor,
with
whom
I
am
trying
to
develop
a
scene
and
make
it
better.
That’s
a
great
quality
that
she
has,
that
she
can
make
everyone
else
feel
very
much
at
ease.
It
was
very
easy
getting
along
with
her
and
working
with
her.


5.
Can
you
share
a
memorable
dialogue
from
the
film
or
moment
while
filming?

The
unforgettable
experience
about
the
film
was
that
we
shot
it
during
the
pandemic.
We
had
all
sorts
of
COVID-19
precautions
to
follow.
We
had
to
do
a
COVID
test
before
going,
another
after
landing
there
and
had
to
immediately
isolate
ourselves
till
the
time
the
results
came.
So
we
were
all
in
a
big
bubble
of
sorts.
But
these
things
were
important
because
then
we
had
a
freer
mind
when
we
were
shooting,
and
didn’t
have
to
worry
about
these
things
that
much.

I
also
got
along
very
well
with
Ila
Arun-ji.
She
was
in
the
room
next
to
mine
at
the
hotel.
We
also
had
some
common
shoot
days.
We
had
also
decided
to
visit
the
Kanha
National
Forest,
but
it
was
not
possible
because
of
the
restrictions
and
the
bio-bubble.
At
times
we
were
just
wishing
that
we
could
have
shot
this
film
at
a
time
when
there
wasn’t
COVID.
Despite
everything,
it
was
a
pleasurable
experience.
The
whole
team
felt
like
a
fun-loving
group.


6.
Apart
from
Sherni,
you
will
also
be
seen
in
Sunflower,
which
has
been
introduced
as
a
unique
genre-breaking
show.
What
can
you
tell
us
about
that
project?

I
don’t
think
we
have
seen
a
show
like

Sunflower

which
is
genre-defying.
It
will
be
very
hard
to
put
it
into
a
box,
and
it
is
good
because
breaking
things
down
into
boxes
is
not
fair
to
any
show.
Sunflower
is
unique
because
it
is
a
murder
investigation
in
a
housing
society,
that
has
all
kind
of
quirky
characters.
But
it
is
a
comedy
also;
I
remember
I
was
chuckling
all
the
time
when
I
was
reading
the
episodes.
Even
on
set,
when
we
were
shooting,
as
soon
the
director
called
cut,
everyone
would
burst
into
laughter
that
they
had
been
holding
in.
It
is
not
something
we
have
seen
too
much
of,
so
I
hope
the
audience
likes
it
really
well.


7.
You
have
two
releases
coming
back
to
back,
both
stories
are
unique.
What
more
can
fans
can
expect
from
you
in
future?

Not
much
is
in
my
hands
but
I
would
like
for
it
to
happen
more.
I
would
like
to
play
many
different
characters
that
people
have
not
seen.
I
would
like
to
be
part
of
shows
that
are
very
different
in
their
genre.
I
have
worked
in
many
comedies,
I
would
like
to
be
in
thrillers,
horror
and
dark-gritty
noir
films.
As
an
actor
I
am
greedy,
so
I
would
like
to
try
anything.

I
am
not
saying
it’s
possible
and
it
is
not
in
my
hand,
but
this
would
be
my
endeavour
and
I
hope
for
more.

Notably,
Vidya
Balan’s

Sherni

is
set
to
release
on
Amazon
Prime
Video
on
June
18,
2021.
Meanwhile,

Sunflower

starring
Sunil
Grover,
Ranvir
Shorey,
Girish
Kulkarni
and
others
will
release
on
ZEE5
on
June
11,
2021.

Story first published: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 18:30 [IST]



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