Yami Gautam is all set to promote Kaabil, her upcoming film with Hrithik Roshan. The actress is essaying the role of a blind girl in the film, directed by Sanjay Gupta. The actress who has worked with actors like Ajay Devgn, Ayushman Khurrana and Pulkit Samrat, spoke up about her equation with Hrithik and revealed much about Hrithik’s nature.
How did you land the role?
I had got a call from Rakeshji’s (Roshan) office and met him. I was very excited though I had no clue what this film was all about. He told me just a little bit of it and I was very happy because to get a banner like Filmkraft, a director like Sanjay Gupta and Hrithik as a co-star, whose very mention always gets a smile on everybody’s face.
Was playing a visually-impaired girl daunting?
No. I took it up as an opportunity to do something different and difficult. Playing a visually-impaired girl can be daunting, but I feel one should come out of one’s comfort zone. I didn’t have the perfect references to a role like this, so there is an array of questions. Before shooting I made endless calls to Sanjay. I kept telling him, ‘I am very nervous with workshops, dance rehearsals, etc’, and he said, ‘Don’t worry, everything is sorted.’ Even on the sets he was calm and reassuring. Even if we were shooting the most intense scenes, he wouldn’t lose his cool and is technically amazing. He’s also emotional as a person. I remember there was an emotional scene between me and Hrithik and he was so touched, he had tears in his eyes!
What was the most difficult part about Kaabil?
The most difficult part was the dance factor. It gave me sleepless nights as Hrithik is the best dancer we have today. Doing dance for your passion and dancing with him as a partner are two very different things. We finished that song in two days and I will always cherish that experience because people never believed I could dance, and here now I am making my dance debut with Hrithik.
Tell me about the Mon Amour song.
I remember Rakeshji asking me can you dance and me saying yes. Then he told me there is a dance sequence which has a tango vibe, very fast and with Hrithik, and of course, I can’t see! I just stood with a smile but inside I was so nervous. I knew choreographer Dimple Ganguly and asked her if she could teach me tango. So in the day, I used to rehearse with Hrithik, Ahmed (Khan) Sir and his team and then come back and rehearse with Dimple at night. It was almost like working in double shifts but that’s the kind of effort you need to put