It's not always that an actor emphathises with the reality of the character he or she is portraying in a movie. But after shooting Knock Out, under Mani Shankar's direction, Kangna Ranaut states that her character in the action thriller has sensitised her towards members of the fourth estate.
"Earlier, I'd always maintain a professional approach in interacting with the press, and never bothered too much about the hassles faced in this profession. Now, I'm a journo," concedes Ranaut, adding that shooting for Knock Out has made her see journalists in a different perspective now.
"I'd barely exchange greetings and get straight to the interviews. But now, I talk to the journalists for a while, inquire about things in general before getting to the question-answer session," she explains.
Although she agrees that the media persons she meets as an actor are different from those reporting on crime, like her character in the film, Ranaut reveals she did imbibe something from the ones she interacts with.
"I understand that the journalists have a deadline and have to get the story first. So their aggression reflects in the way they go about their work.
More so for those reporting on general news, including crime. It's very important to get a proper perspective on the story, because the public is viewing the story from the journalist's report. That's what I've ensured comes across in my portrayal of a crime reporter," she elaborates.
However, one aspect that surprises us about her character is the way Ranaut's crime reporter dresses up in Knock Out.
Unusual dress code
Point out to her that no journalist dresses that way and she's quick to admit the instantly noticeable difference. "At the end of the day, it's a film, and Mani sir said that it doesn't directly reflect reality. So we chose to dress her up a bit like a corporate woman… not too formal, yet not too casual either," she reasons. "Maybe, she's dressed a little like the journalists in the West."
Also, it's interesting to note that since the story takes place over just a few hours, Ranaut's character wears a grey outfit throughout, though she had many options of the same during the shoot.
"That couldn't be helped as that's the nature of the storyline. I remember, by the end of the shooting, I had got quite tired and bored of the colour grey. So I banished it from my wardrobe for a while after that," she chuckles.