Shraddha Kapoor is currently gearing up for her next release Stree. In an interview, she opened up about the failure of her films at the box office and why she gave a nod to Stree.
Shraddha Kapoor has had a lull period in her cinematic journey and her last outing, Haseena Parkar, was a major flop and this changed a lot of things at her front. But, she remained positive and welcomed the audience rejection with open arms to only bounce back with a bang. The actor has been in limelight for her upcoming film, Stree. The film is a horror comedy and has a stellar cast that includes Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi. Unique posters and the trailer of the film has surely piqued the interest of the viewers and they are waiting with a bated breath to watch Stree on the big screen.
In an interview with DNA, Shraddha opened up on why she said a yes to such a unique story. On this, she said, "I gave my nod to it mainly because I was laughing my guts out all through the narration. I was like, ‘This is funny. I definitely want to be a part of it.’ I knew after the first narration that I was doing Stree. Everything else — whether it was teaming up with Rajkummar Rao or Pankaj Tripathi — was a bonus. In fact, Dinoo (producer Dinesh Vijan) had told me that he had something funny for me, but I had no idea it would be this good. When I heard the story, I fell in love with it."
When asked about whether for an actor screen time matters or not, she said, "I can only speak for myself. For me, the first aspect is that I want to be a part of a memorable film. It’s the main thing I look for as that goes down in history more than anything. It has to touch the audience’s heart. Then comes the role. I’ve done a movie like Haseena Parkar in which I played the protagonist because I felt my character’s journey was fascinating. Whether it worked or not wasn’t in anybody’s hands."
Shraddha has had a failure in terms of films not working at the box office, but in the course, she has learnt to deal with things. "I cannot deny the fact that a few of my films haven’t done well at the box office. But no one can predict a movie’s success or failure. I have been through a lot of ups and downs in my life right at the beginning of my career, so it didn’t affect me much this time. I had already faced it, so in a way, I knew how to handle things," added Shraddha.
Now, she is in a happy space as she has Stree and Batti Gul Meter Chalu. On this, she said, "I’m happy about it. Again, that wasn’t in my hands. It was something that the audience decided. Somebody told me that it doesn’t matter how many hits or flops you have, what matters is how sincere you are to what you do. Success and failure are all part of life, but I don’t want to take either for granted. I want to make sure I give 100 per cent to everything that I do because that’s the way I would want it to be. I feel blessed because so many aspiring actors look up to us. I feel happy I’m still getting to do films. At the same time, I want to do different kind of cinema. I want to feel that I’m doing something fresh and new each time."
When asked was she affected by the first flop post the string of successes, she said, "I was because there’s so much that goes behind putting a film together. You put your heart and soul into it and you believe that this is something you want to do. You have to accept the fact that the audience might also reject you at times. So, I accepted their rejection, too. But you can’t dwell on that for long. I choose to keep my head down and work hard."
The conversation ended with her telling the most challenging aspect of working in Stree. "Working with such fine actors as Rajkummar, Pankaj ji (Tripathi) and Aparshakti (Khurana) was a challenge. I’m a huge fan of the kind of movies that Raj does. There’s so much to learn from them; they are so effortless and grounded. Stree is an innovation and introduces a new genre which is something that hasn’t happened before. The content is the hero, heroine and the star in Stree. To be a part of such content-driven films makes me happy," Shraddha said and signed off.