The much-awaited Christopher Nolan film, Tenet, is everything you’d expect it to be — it’s mind-bending, thought-provoking and thrilling. Also, it’s one of those movies you need to watch multiple times to decode all the layers. And one of my favourite things, of course, is that it stars our very own Dimple Kapadia. I was very lucky that I got to watch the movie in the theatres, and luckier still to have gotten a chance to speak to the legend herself. The veteran actress is warm as ever, absolutely real and such a treat to speak to.
Absolutely. Honestly speaking, my first Cinderella moment was Bobby and this was one such other cinderella moment for me! Coming at this time in my life, it’s very special. I still can’t believe it. Mujhe ehsaas abhi tak nahi ho raha hai (The feeling still hasn’t sunk in).
500%! There was no chance in my head. I mean, there are better actors out there, why the hell would I get this part? Anyway, they were calling me, so I thought let me go for a picnic and let me get a picture for this guy. Maybe that worked for me. I think it took the pressure of the auditions off my mind. I was busy suggesting other actors for my role and they must have been laughing thinking, what a stupid woman!
I have never auditioned before. I had only done it once before for Raj Kapoor Saab, but that’s about it. And that was way, way back.
How do you know this? My god! Looking at the dialogues, I said, ‘How the hell am I going to remember all this?’ So, maine phone nikala aur photo nikala apne dialogues ka. Phir woh jab aaya script lene ke liye, maine bol diya ki dekho bhaiyya, mujhe dialogues yaad nahi rehte, maine photo nikaal diye hai. He said, madam delete kar do. I said okay I’ll delete it, mujhe mera part de do. Mujhse hone waala nahi hain. (So, I took my phone out and took pictures of just my dialogues. Then, when the guy came to take the script I told him that I had taken pictures of my dialogues because I can’t remember it. He said, Madam please delete it. I said okay, I’ll delete it, just give me a copy of my part then because otherwise I can’t do it.) Then they gave me what I required. I mean, there was no other way, it was so long!
Yeah. My character, she is very smart, very strong, knows how to get her way around. I mean, the part was written so beautifully, there really wasn’t much that I had to do. At the end of the day, I am standing in front of Christopher Nolan who does everything himself.
My God, where you got all this information from?
Oh god, don’t ask me! I don’t remember my dialogues at all. (Laughs)
Yes, the first 40 pages just flew over my head, I mean over the cuckoo’s nest. I am an avid reader and I was like why the hell am I not understanding? I went through the whole script, I got the gist of it, but I couldn’t see how he would bring it out on celluloid. I couldn’t see the vision. I was really looking forward to seeing it, and my God! I have seen it once but I think I need to see it at least two more times to really appreciate all the little gems that he weaves in his screenplay. Absolutely brilliant, each time he does this.
No, it’s not. It’s because we have changed a lot here. Filmmaking has become more compact and more professional, the timings are adhered to, everything is organised, directors are organised, the scripts are given before time. We have all that here as well. That way, it is not different at all. Language ka farak hai, but kaam toh wohi hai. (The language differs, but the work is the same).
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It’s just been a wonderful roller-coaster ride and that’s where the fire is — because it goes up and down, up and down constantly.
Yeah there is no way. I just absolutely surrendered and its destiny. I mean, there is no way I can explain it…I have no words. It’s just destiny. And I am extremely grateful.
No, not really. I am working in a set with 60-70 people and I just did a two-day shoot now. I don’t go out of the set, I don’t wear a mask, I think I should be a little more careful. But yes, we are all going through a very tough time and we have to believe that the other person has the virus, that is the only step to protecting ourself. It’s better to be protected than to get into the whole thing.
Yes, I would still request people that if you can go and watch it in the big screen, please do. Because it is a masterpiece, it is a brilliant film. And yes, having said that, take all your precautions. But definitely don’t see a pirated print or it won’t do justice to the film.
Well, that sure is something I can totally vouch for. It was just something else to go to the cinema after so long and have this experience. Have you guys watched Tenet? Let me know how you liked it!
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