The two actors spoke at the film's trailer launch, which took place today
Last Updated: 11.46 AM, Mar 23, 2023
No sooner the Aditya Roy Kapur and Mrunal Thakur starrer Gumrah was announced; many became super excited to see this mint fresh pairing. The icing on the cake was in the form of Aditya Roy Kapur playing a double role… for the first time in his career.
Today, the film’s trailer was launched amidst much fanfare. The film’s lead pair Aditya Roy Kapur and Mrunal Thakur spoke to the media in a media interaction session. When Aditya Roy Kapur was asked about the double role, pat came the reply, “I had never thought about the fact that I am playing a double role and that too in a film which is an out and out thriller. Generally, double roles mostly are in comedies only. It was very unique. For me, I have never done a double role before. That’s why it was really exciting for me. And also, when you see the film, you will realize that, we did not have much leeway to play around with look and hair. We had to find a way of making a difference in terms of look and body language and everything lese. It was a challenge and yes… mazaa aagayaa!”.
On her part, Mrunal Thakur, who was seemingly super excited about her role in the film, said, “The audiences must be super happy because, it’s not one ... but there are two- two ( Aditya Roy Kapurs). I also felt good because, it is really interesting with one actor who is playing two different characters. It was really nice. I learnt a lot. Vardhan... thank you for the opportunity because to shoot with double roles is not just very difficult, but, also very tricky. But, for him (Aditya Roy Kapur), I am sure that it must have been difficult, which he will answer the question. But, I need to tell you all that I had so much fun. It was for the first time when I got a chance to play a Cop. It’s interesting. It’s a thriller. We all enjoy such a genre, don't we? I heard the story. I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat”.
When asked about the preparations that he underwent in order to get into the skin of the character, Aditya said, “For both my characters, I had to look and feel very feel very different. But, we just could not play a lot with the looks (of both my characters). When you see the film, you will understand the reason why. I did some diction classes to bring about the difference in the way both (my) characters spoke. The whole thing was there on the page (script). The film’s writer Aseem and the director Vardhan Ketkar did such a great job in writing two different characters. Half of the work was done in the page (script) itself”.
On her part, Mrunal said, “Wearing a uniform is difficult. The way my character has been written is also interesting. There are lot of shades and how she deals with that. There have been a lot of times when I went to vardhan stating that I may not be able to do this (the role). He pepped me up stating that I will surely be able to pull it off. My entire family belongs to the police department. So, it was really nice to go back to them and take some anecdotes and listen to their stories and implement in my character.”
When her role was compared to the cop roles which had been played by Tabu and Rani Mukerjee in their films, Mrunal said, “I really look upto Tabu mam. And she is the goddess I worship. One of the reasons that I wanted to do ‘Gumraah’ was when I heard the story, I could only picturise Tabu mam. This is definitely a film where, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat for sure. I am happy that, I am being compared to Tabu mam and Rani mam.”
And when asked about the actresses doing powerful roles today, Mrunal said, “Thanks to the writers and makers, that today, there are strong women personalities out here, who do not get the recognition. The times have changed. The major credit, I think, goes to the writing. I felt good taking centre stage”.