Sara Ali Khan on Atrangi Re: Don't involve myself in a film's writing

Updated: Feb 08, 2020, 07:28 IST | Mohar Basu | Mumbai

After social media calls out the glaring age difference between seasoned co-stars and her, Sara states she has complete faith in director Aanand Rai's vision for Atrangi Re.

Sara Ali Khan/picture courtesy: Instagram
Sara Ali Khan/picture courtesy: Instagram

Sharing screen space with two superstars can be intimidating for a two-film-old actor. Yet, Sara Ali Khan is charmingly assured as she gears up to headline Atrangi Re with Akshay Kumar and Dhanush. "I am sure of what I want to do — be it the movies I choose or the public image I carry," says the newest Khan in B-Town. "Honestly, when I read the script of Atrangi Re, I wasn't convinced I could do the film. The character is a tough one to pull off, and I want to do one hell of a job trying to prove otherwise.  Akshay sir is someone I deeply admire, and Dhanush is a talented and understated actor. The idea is to work with diverse actors."

Sara Ali Khan with Akshay Kumar and Dhanush
Sara Ali Khan with Akshay Kumar and Dhanush

No sooner was the promotional image — of the male leads kissing her — released than social media users pointed out the uncomfortable age difference between them and her. But she has complete faith in director Aanand L Rai's vision. "Aanand sir depicts his women authentically, and that's what drew me to the film. Cinema is a director's medium. The filmmakers I work with are sensitive [towards the depiction of women], but I don't involve myself in the writing at all. For instance, Zoe [her character in Love Aaj Kal] could be brash and I could portray her convincingly. But only Imtiaz [Ali, director] sir is her parent, and hence, the right person one should turn to, for redressal."

Aanand L Rai
Aanand L Rai

Her upcoming films prove that she can easily juggle the diverse worlds of Imtiaz Ali and David Dhawan. "It's about conviction and balance. I don't come from an acting school, so I am learning my craft, one film at a time. My golden rule is to read a script and gauge whether I want to invest 50 days on it. Also, I'm an Ivy League graduate; a little challenge keeps me going."

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