EXCLUSIVE: Nikhil Dwivedi on Shraddha Kapoor as Nagin; reveals when the film goes on floors

In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Nikhil revealed how Shraddha came onboard, apprehensions if any about the subject, given that Ekta Kapoor had said that she faced difficulties to put together the folklore on the big screen and more.
Nikhil Dwivedi OPENS UP about Shraddha Kapoor as Nagin EXCLUSIVE: Nikhil Dwivedi on Shraddha Kapoor as Nagin; reveals when the film goes on floors
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Nikhil Dwivedi is currently riding high on success with his acting stint in Scam 1992 appreciated like never before. The producer started off as an actor but later took up production and has been excelling in it. Nikhil recently announced his next project which will feature Shraddha Kapoor as Nagin, the shape-shifting serpent. In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Nikhil revealed how Shraddha came onboard, apprehensions if any about the subject, given that Ekta Kapoor had said that she faced difficulties to put together the folklore on the big screen and more. Over to him: 

When did you first think of this subject? I remember Ekta Kapoor had mentioned she wanted to bring Nagin to the big screen but the apprehensions amongst people made her turn to the small screen. 

When wonder woman released a few years back, I was like here is a woman superhero with all supernatural powers, why don’t we have an Indian superhero for a woman, borrowed from our mythology and folklore, where she has natural powers. That’s when I felt like what bigger than an Icchadhari Nagin? She has shapeshifting powers, can take any form which is the biggest superpower I believe. So the idea came to my mind at that time. But I did not have a subject and a script which could have been conceptualized and then a lot of people had reservations. Slowly though the thought came popping in my head and I found a script that could do justice to the genre. 

Was Shraddha Kapoor the original choice always? 

The only person I really thought of was Shraddha because I think she is one of the few actresses we have who has this unique quality of being a girl next door and can turn into a very sensuous woman the next day if she wants to. Something very interesting that happened was when I approached Shraddha for the first time and she said that she had read about this announcement some months back and that I was making it. She told me that since childhood she wanted to do this and She hoped that we approached her for the film. But you know nobody from her team ever even dropped a hint to me about this, I approached her all on my own and there she was actually waiting that this happens. She told me that when enough time went by, she thought the role has gone to somebody else.

Apprehensions, did you have any?

No, I did not. When someone has an apprehension on the subject, I tell them a story after hearing that they are always convinced. When someone can accept a man who is bullied turning into a Spider-Man, if that makes sense to anyone then an Icchadhari Nagin should make sense too. It is just a question of how you are trying to put the story out. I don’t know why when I see it is an Icchadhari Nagin, everyone feels it is a saphera who will hit the bin but even if that happens, how does it matter? Tell me one villain from spiderman, avengers, or superman, who is real and not caricaturish? It is the belief of people and understanding that I am peddling a fantasy and if I can do that convincingly then there should be no apprehensions. 

When does the movie go on the floor? 

By mid Next year, I think we will start the film. I think Shraddha is about to begin her film with Ranbir Kapoor for Luv Ranjan shortly which she will wrap almost half by mid next year. Once that happens, we will start the shoot for this.

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Anonymous 5 months ago

I honestly think that shraddha is great actress but I prefer naagin tv series by ekta kapoor. ❤️

Anonymous 6 months ago

She is naagin in real life thought she was humble but turns out she is a shape shifter and flipper matlab drug chats karte he par drugs late nahi he

Anonymous 6 months ago

She had also revealed in an interview of chhichhore promotions that she was suffering from anxiety and CBD oil is not banned you can order it online...and the reason people love Shraddha is that she is very humble and pretty and chic girl-next-door personality...and she has still retained all those qualities ....so stop spreading hate just bcoz you have to

Anonymous 6 months ago

Hey, Shraddha is still Humble, Kinde hearted actress and She will remain forever. Those chats are just about CBD OIL which is legal in India and used for anxiety purpose. Then She just said the truth.

Anonymous 6 months ago

The chat was about CBD oil which is not a drug.you can even order it from amazon.you need some education.stop believing on stupid Indian medias

Anonymous 6 months ago

Pehli fursat mein nikal l***de. Gaya tera Arnab jail mein... Kangana bhi jayegi...

Anonymous 6 months ago

Very excited for shraddha kapoor new movies

Anonymous 6 months ago

Shraddha is best for NAGIN roll

Anonymous 6 months ago

Yahi chu**yapa reh gya tha 2020 mein yeh kya nagin banegi nashedi

Anonymous 6 months ago

Nashedi to Kangana hai. Wo to Manikarnika hai.

Anonymous 6 months ago

Wow! So excited. Believe me Shraddha kapoor would be the most beautiful & sexiest naagin ever

Anonymous 6 months ago

Excited

Anonymous 6 months ago

Why this ?? Shraddha should go for Parbhas 's Adipurush...as sita's role

Anonymous 6 months ago

Yess

Anonymous 6 months ago

Shraddha is The Most Humble, Multi talented, Kinde hearted actress of India present generation. She is the 3rd Most Followed Indian. And your Keerthy suresh doesn't even know how to dance !!! NCB has found drugs in Tollywood in 2016 itself! Shit Tollywood druggies are not suitable for it.

Anonymous 6 months ago

Are you mad not deepika and not shraddha no Bollywood druggie should be playing the goddess Sita role shut up idiot Indians. Go for Keerti suresh and stop using our gods name for making money

Anonymous 6 months ago

Excied

Anonymous 6 months ago

Yayyyy

Anonymous 6 months ago

Shraddha <3

Anonymous 6 months ago

Excited

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