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Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; January 17, 2013)
Although she earned her International Baccalaureate from Singapore — before studying political science and economics in London — Sonam Kapoor felt at home in Delhi while shooting for her upcoming film, Raanjhnaa.
The reason behind this being the warm camaraderie she shared with students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Sonam has gone back to Delhi to shoot the last schedule of her next, directed by Aanand Rai of Tanu Weds Manu fame. “After pack- up, Sonam is spotted hanging around with the students in the premise. They have developed a great bond and are often seen discussing various social issues when they get a chance,” says a source from the unit.
Moreover, thanks to the intense chill in the capital city, Sonam along with these youngsters also enjoyed bonfire evenings. “Sonam will be donning a completely new look for the film. Also, although she has been spending most of her time shooting and hanging around the campus, it’s difficult to really make out whether she’s a star or just another student from the college,” adds the source.
Director Aanand L Rai gives him 25 DVDs of the late filmmaker to help him transform for his role in Raanjhnaa
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; June 6, 2012)
Playing the role of a Varanasi boy may not be easy for Dhanush, but director Aanand L Rai, who has cast the Tamil actor along with Sonam Kapoor in his next Raanjhnaa, is going all out to ensure that Dhanush gets the nuances of the character right. So much so, that Rai recently gave Dhanush a collection of Raj Kapoor films to help transform into a similar persona.
In the film, both Dhanush and Sonam are shown hailing from Varanasi, but the story shows Sonam finishing her college education in Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). So, while the actress will spend time at JNU to get into the skin of her character, Dhanush is taking similar lessons from Raj Kapoor it seems.
Rai says, “I want Dhanush to totally transform into a Varanasi boys so I gave him DVDs of movies like Shree 420, Awara and Mera Naam Joker. I want him to notice the peculiarities of the roles, and then give his own touch to them. He is a very perceptive actor and has the astuteness of a director, therefore, it’s easy to explain this experiment to him. Raj Kapoor’s portrayals touched your soul, and that’s what I want Dhanush to also be able to do with this film.”
Dhanush too is working hard to portray the same Dickensian shades which so many of Kapoor’s roles had. He says, “I’m working on a Tamil film right now and whatever time I get from that, More >
The actor went to JNU in Delhi and learnt all about street plays to play a Varanasi-born girl in her next film Raanjhanaa
By Subhash K Jha (MID-DAY; April 15, 2012)
As Dhanush, Sonam’s leading man in their next film Raanjhanaa, recently left for a flash visit to Namibia before the shoot, but the actress did not wait for her hero to resume the schedule. She put the time to good use by flying to Delhi with Raanjhanaa director Aanand Rai and learning more about street plays.
Sonam Kapoor with the participants of a street play in Delhi
The actress, primarily known for her exaggerated fashion sense, is all set to perform in street plays as part of her preparation for her role of a Varanasi-born girl in the film. Last week, Sonam visited the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as part of the research for the film. The actress and director spent several hours everyday meeting students and teachers of various faculties.
A source close to Sonam says, “At JNU, Sonam became familiar with the world of street theatre and got to know about the different courses in JNU that caught her fancy.” Rai says he doesn’t know about or care about Sonam’s current image in people’s minds “I only see the Varanasi-born girl in her. We spent a lot of time in Delhi at the JNU campus. I think she will join a couple of courses there, as I will after Raanjhanaa.”
Sonam fell in love with the street plays in Delhi. Sonam also plans to perform in these open-air plays at some point. Says Rai, “Nukkad More >