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Anil Kapoor: Working with Harshvardhan Kapoor in Thar was a learning experience for me

The senior actor revealed that it was his son who brought this film to him.

  • OTTplay Team

Last Updated: 02.54 AM, Apr 11, 2022

Anil Kapoor: Working with Harshvardhan Kapoor in Thar was a learning experience for me

You'd agree that Western noir films have a certain allure. With Thar, Anil Kapoor and Harshvardhan Kapoor are set to take on the genre. While the two previously appeared together in AK vs AK (2020), it was Harshvardhan's idea to cast his actor-father in Raj Singh Chaudhary's directorial debut.

Anil recalls being swept away by Harshvardhan's character, Siddharth, in the Netflix film, which follows him as he travels to a secluded village in Rajasthan where horrible deaths have occurred. The veteran actor told Mid Day that it was Harsh who introduced him to Thar. His son's conviction in the story, as well as the fact that it was a new genre for Anil and thus a new learning opportunity, were enough to convince him to take on the project. The Mr. India actor said that the plot achieves the ideal blend of rough and sleek, fast-paced yet subtle. For the senior actor, the fact that it casts him beside his kid is pure joy.

He continued, saying that Harsh has a distinct approach to his craft. It was a learning experience for Anil to work with his son. He is looking forward to doing it all over again with the Abhinav Bindra biography.

Harshvarrdhan's four-year odyssey will come to an end on May 6, when Thar will be released online. In 2018, the actor recalled receiving a call from Vikramaditya Motwane about the project. 

Harsh explained that Motwane had said he had a script for him. He was inspired to do it after reading it. Phantom Films was supposed to produce it, but the firm folded after a few months. After that, the Mirzya actor met with many producers for a year in an attempt to have the film made. Raj and Harsh were both working on the script at the same time, and he just slid into the job of producer.

Eventually, a producer approached Harsh and offered him a love story. Instead, the Bhavesh Joshi Superhero actor told him about this movie, and the producer was on board. The actor added that they had a test shoot with Anil to see how well they worked together. Harsh shared that three significant scenes were performed. They were discussing AK vs AK with Netflix at about the same time. They discussed Thar's script as well as the test shoot, and their vision piqued their interest.

The actor, who portrays a stressed character, explains that the goal was to make the performance almost contemplative. Harsh worked on the character's backstory with Jeff Goldberg, his acting coach, and on his voice with Natasha Goldberg. To play Sid, the actor gained about ten kilograms in two months. His character doesn't say much and attempts to keep his identity hidden. Harsh had to make it engaging within that structure.