Manav Kaul on Nail Polish: It is the most challenging role I’ve done till now

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Actor Manav Kaul is getting loads of reward for his efficiency in the lately launched crime thriller, Nail Polish. In the movie, Manav performs Veer Singh affected by dissociative identification dysfunction, who’s accused of rape and homicide of two kids.

In the second half of the movie, Veer (Manav) turns into Charu Raina (Samreen Kaur), his lover who he had murdered.

In a latest chat with indianexpress.com, Manav spoke about the freedom he was given to discover the advanced and layered character, and the way the Bugs Bhargava Krishna directorial was nothing lower than a chance for him.

Here are excerpts from the dialog:

How are the reactions up to now?

I by no means thought that I’d get this sort of response. Since the launch of the movie, I’ve been getting many messages. People are tagging me on varied platforms and describing how they appreciated what I’ve done in Nail Polish. So, it is a humble expertise. Also, the praises felt very private. I feel folks related properly with Charu Raina.

So, can we are saying your New Year began on the proper notice?

Absolutely! Also, once you work arduous on one thing, it is a sigh of aid to know that your hardwork has paid off.

We have usually heard that actors get right into a zone to play an intense character corresponding to Veer Singh. What was your course of?

My first intuition was – no, I can not do that. I used to be so glued when Bugs was narrating the script to me. But the second he mentioned that I’ve to carry out Veer Singh, Charu Raina and Ranjeet as properly, I obtained nervous. I used to be like how am I going to carry out a lady. I by no means even considered one thing like this.

I’m an actor who believes in residing a personality than pretending to be that half. So, I felt that I can not do one thing that I don’t relate to. But Bugs did loads of analysis. I additionally sat down with the writers for a number of readings and was constantly taking notes. At house, I attempted so many methods to get into the character however nothing labored. However, on the units, when Bugs mentioned ‘action’, the efficiency got here out naturally. Before that, none of us had an thought about how will I pull it off. So, I feel I took a leap of religion.

I need to say, your nails are higher than mine in the movie!

(Laughs) I take that as a praise however I’ve so as to add that there is one thing highly effective about it. I’d apply the pink nail polish and have a look at my nails lots. It labored like a set off, I suppose. It labored like a key to the door to enter the character. Honestly, I can not put into phrases how I obtained into the character, however I feel these small issues helped.

When you internalise the character to justify it on display, how tough does it grow to be to let it go?

I used to really feel that it is not powerful but it surely is. It (the character) took its personal candy time to get out of me. I bear in mind, even after 10-15 days of finishing the movie, I used to the touch my hair lots. It wasn’t acutely aware. Deep down, Charu Raina is a really emotional character. So, it did take a toll. The expertise is unexplainable however as an actor, I get drawn to such characters the place you get to discover what you might be succesful to do.

Manav Kaul shared this nonetheless from the units of Nail Polish. (Photo: Manav Kaul/Instagram)

What was your first impression of Veer Singh?

I used to be in shock. I informed Bugs that I would wish assist to carry out this. However, he was assured that I can do it. He left the character to my interpretation, which is much more tough to do as a result of I didn’t have references. But as a result of I get drawn to tough issues, I obtained drawn to the character for the challenges it possessed.

Bugs was very open to how I’ll say traces or current the physique language. He allowed me to do every thing the means I needed. There had been sequences once I took the liberty to chop the dialogues of Charu. So, I had loads of freedom.

On the opposite, I knew if one thing would have went unsuitable, I’d have been liable for it.

In the second half, your cut up character comes throughout. That entire section is the greatest courtroom sequence I’ve seen. How tough was it? What kind of prep did you do for it?

I wasn’t making an attempt to carry out or convey one thing. Honestly, I don’t even like that type of appearing. I used to be residing the character, the second. I’m a really instinctive individual. Whatever was occurring round me, I reacted to that. Everyone was very cooperative. For occasion, at any time when Arjun (Rampal) held me in the movie, I felt protecting. Now, that is not appearing. It was intuitive. It wasn’t in the script.

In my head, I knew Charu needs to go house to her baby or needs to return to Kashmir. So, I attempted to say or do issues that Charu felt or would have done at that very second. It was a really attention-grabbing course of. Also, for me, appearing is very therapeutic. It opens up avenues that you’re not consciously conscious of.

The movie ends on a cliffhanger. So, can we count on a sequel?

I feel so. I hope so. It is utterly as much as the director.

Do you suppose there needs to be a spin-off that includes Veer Singh?

I don’t know. However, I’d like to discover the character extra. Right now, even I’ve seen some glimpses of him. So, I wish to dig deeper. People have been desirous to know what occurred subsequent (in the movie). So, I’m guessing we are able to count on a sequel.

Would you name Nail Polish your greatest, but most challenging role up to now?

I can not say greatest as a result of that is for the viewers to resolve. However, it is the most challenging role I’ve done till now. I couldn’t sleep for days. I bear in mind, simply two days earlier than the shoot of the Charu Raina sequence, late in the evening, I texted Bugs that I’m scared, which has not occurred to me earlier than.

You mentioned you watch for the proper script. With the digital medium, has the alternative grow to be simpler for you?

When folks used to solid me in the lead roles, I used to suppose, ‘Who is going to come to watch me on the big screen?’ I’d really feel guilt that the producers and administrators are going to lose their cash. The second somebody would provide me a lead role, I’d ask them why they don’t seem to be casting another person. It is not about appearing as a result of I do know I can pull off roles. But, there was this burden in my head with all the destructive ideas about myself. I feel that guilt or burden was lifted due to OTT. Now, I’m assured. Now, I can carry out with no guilt. So, I’m having fun with this part.

Nail Polish, streaming on ZEE5, additionally stars Arjun Rampal and Anand Tiwari.

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