Anupria Goenka on 3 years of ‘Padmaavat’


Sanjay Leela Bhansali narrated a visual spectacle three years ago with ‘Padmaavat’. Anupria Goenka, who essayed the role of Nagmati in this epic saga, fondly reminisces her experience of working with the ace filmmaker. She revealed that SLB is closely involved in every stage of the film’s process and played an active part in the auditions too. Anupria says, “Usually you audition first and then get the part but in this case, Sanjay sir was so gracious that he met me first, briefed me and explained the character to me. After that I auditioned, we had a few meetings and then there was the final look test. During the shoot there were a couple of days when I gave him a lot of grief but then again I learnt a lot from Sanjay sir.”

‘Padmaavat’ was mounted on a lavish scale and featured Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in the lead. Anupria reveals that she was warmly welcomed by the film’s cast on the sets and reveals a fun prank played by Deepika. “She told everyone that I was supposed to perform in the climax of the ‘Ghoomar’ song. She included Sanjay sir also and the joke went on for 3-4 days. I couldn’t dance in that 20 kg dress and I had not rehearsed either. But she followed up on the prank and asked me why I am not rehearsing and took me to Sanjay sir and said, “See she is not rehearsing”. He also played along and she took me to the choreographer. They started teaching me and I was really nervous. I kept asking people if they were kidding with me and it came out later,” narrates Anupria.

Having landed an opportunity to work with a celebrated filmmaker like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Anupria feels that she learned a lot while shooting for ‘Padmaavat’. “I remember having the best experience as an actor working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. His briefing was beautiful; he is very engrossed as a director. It is almost like he is imagining the scene and there is so much vigor on his face as he explains the scenes. He makes you feel powerful as a woman, as an actor. He made me feel that as a woman I can be jealous, loving, vulnerable, I can play with the camera and be vindictive. He gave me a lot of confidence; you internally grow so much by working him. I shifted as a performer and learnt how to be vulnerable and resilient in front of the camera,” concludes Anupria.

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