The cast of Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh — Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpayee, Esha Gupta and Anjali Patil — visited the HT House on Thursday afternoon.
Accompanied by the director, the team spoke at length about their film and shared some candid moments about their shooting experinces that had the HT City team in splits. Rampal, who eariler in the day got mobbed at Hindu College where the team had visited, said, “It is a good thing to be mobbed. If a celebrity walks on the road and does not get recognised, then that’s a problem. These things never offend me. Mumbai for sure has got used to seeing celebs more than others. So, there the crowds are more controlled.”
Jha is known to work with an ensemble cast for most of his films. When asked about how he dealt with so many actors for the film’s shoot, Jha said, “I am used to it. It is surely a nightmare for the production. But all the people that you see in any frame are trained before hand. So, there is never an issue.”
A song from the film — Mehangai — was dragged in controversy recently for some of the lyrics in the song. When asked about it, Jha said, “I expected a fun reaction and did not anticipate that people would turn to court. Such songs have existed for long and one takes them as representation.”
During the interaction, Abhay revealed that he is not confident of pulling of impromptou dance sequences and always needs time to rehease in advance. “I need to prepare and hence can’t have random steps thrown at me at short notice. I even start throwing tantrums. In fact, I even stormed out of the set once. But, with people like Dibakar (Banerjee) or Zoya (Akhtar) I can’t get my way around. But with Prakash ji, I could not throw my weight around,” he laughs.
In the film, Abhay shares a passionate dance number with newbie actor Anjali Patil. Talking about it, Patil said, “The song had more to do with the eyes than the steps. It is a sensuous number and needed much more than choreography. It turned quite out well in the end.”