Squad, which is her debut movie as the lead, will premiere today on Zee5
Fans of the epic movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham will never forget the little girl who played young Kareena Kapoor in the movie. Malvika Raaj, who came a long way from there is all set now, to make her lead role debut with a Zee5 original film titled Squad.
When Hindustan Times caught her up for an interaction, she opened up about her memories of the Shah Rukh Khan-led movie, shooting amid the pandemic, her debut and more.
She still remembers her role in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, though she was so young at that time. She didn’t seem to realise how big a deal it was to share the screen space with Khan, Kajol and Amitabh Bachchan. She said she felt like a part of the film since everyone made her feel like it.
She also remembered an incident with Shah Rukh, when he got up to meet her amidst the lunch. She hailed the incident as close to her heart as she finds people generally not being so humble as him.
Though the actress always had a passion for acting, she ventured into modelling in between. Raaj said she was excited when Squad came up, as she decided to take the action film as a challenge to herself. Action is a new genre for Malvika who has received training for acting, dance and diction as well.
She altogether felt the shooting experience during the pandemic ‘very different’. Precautions were taken in the set, people were tested every two hours and there was a full sanitising process every 20 minutes, she recalled. After the second wave, there was also much political unrest in the country followed by many riots. All these challenges made her journey risky, yet much interesting according to her.
Squad is a huge action film intended for a theatrical release. But the pandemic situation gave it an OTT entry, for which the actress is happy. She sees this as an opportunity to reach huge audiences and much more eyeballs.
Squad, helmed by Nilesh Sahay will premiere on Zee5 on November 12. It also features Rinzing Denzongpa, Pooja Batra and Mohan Kapoor.