Dimple Kapadia in a still from Tenet.
Dimple Kapadia in a still from Tenet.

Dimple Kapadia on Tenet: ‘I have to see it three times more to completely understand what it was’

Dimple Kapadia, who plays arms dealer Priya Singh in the Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, said she was so tense while working on the film that she couldn’t really appreciate or enjoy what was going on.
By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:08 PM IST

Working on director Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was a life changing experience and felt like a beautiful dream, says veteran actor Dimple Kapadia about her highly-anticipated role in the Hollywood espionage thriller. Nolan, best known for his high concept, big budget movies such as The Dark Knight series, The Prestige, Inception and Interstellar, had generated a lot of buzz with his decision to cast the Bollywood star in the movie, which was partially shot in Mumbai.

Billed as a globetrotting game of international espionage, the Warner Bros film features John David Washington in the lead alongside Kapadia, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor Johnson and Clemence Poesy. It will release in India on December 4.

Kapadia admits that she was under a lot of “pressure” before the shoot. “Honestly, I was under so much pressure of my own while doing it. I was so tense that I couldn’t really appreciate or enjoy what was going on. If I think about it now, it was a beautiful dream for me,” Kapadia told PTI in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.

The 63-year-old actor, who started her journey in the movies as a teenager with the late Rishi Kapoor in 1973’s Bobby and worked in hits such as Saagar, Janbaaz, Ram Lakhan, Prahar, Gardish and Dil Chahta Hai, says post Tenet, she is looking for more meaningful work.

“I think doing Tenet has really changed my life. I was always a reluctant actor, I kept putting things off and not doing them. But Tenet has really changed that for me. I’m raring to go now. I want to do a lot of work now, good work.” Kapadia, who has an Oracle-like presence as arms dealer Priya Singh in the movie, said Nolan made things easy for actors. “It was so fantastic and unbelievably easy to slip into (the role). He (Nolan) made it so easy for me to get into it. It was a dream world and I wish I could get that better.”

Tenet, which was originally scheduled to release worldwide in June this year, comes to India after a delay of over six months. The film saw staggered release in countries like the US and the UK. Like most of Nolan’s films, Tenet has a high concept, mind-bending story at its centre. Kapadia said when she read the film’s script, she couldn’t “fathom” what Nolan was trying to say with it.

“I was locked up in my vanity van for four hours, it took me that much time to read. When I read the first 20-30 pages, I didn’t know what I was reading. I’m an avid reader but I just couldn’t fathom where I was. Even after finishing it, I got the gist of it but still couldn’t fathom what he was trying to exactly say. So I was really looking forward to seeing how he’s going to translate it all into cinema as that would be the exciting part of it.”

But it was Nolan’s filmmaking process and confidence in himself and his actors that left Kapadia completely awestruck. “Once I finished a very long scene and at the end of it, there was just a voiceover for two lines. So, I didn’t really pay much attention to it as it was a voiceover. I got back to my work and finished the day but later realised what those two lines actually meant,” she recalled. The actor said when she got back on the set next day, she requested Nolan whether she could repeat those lines.

He said, “;No. I was convinced’. So that’s his process. He’s got it all in his head and what you need to do is to just appear and do your best because it is already all there in his mind, how he sees it all and he wants it to be done,” she said.

Also read: Tenet: Dimple Kapadia was asked to delete photos of her dialogues taken while reading script but makers let them remain in deleted folder

Nolan and his cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shot the movie in countries like Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Norway, the UK and the US as well as India, where the crew came down for a five-day shoot in Mumbai. Filming took place in areas like Breach Candy Hospital, Cafe Mondegar, Colaba Causeway, Colaba Market, Gateway of India, Grant Road, Royal Bombay Yacht Club, and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. “It was all so fabulous. Suddenly, I felt like I was the Maharani of India and the guests have come and it is my duty to take care for them, make India proud and show them what all was good about the country. It was a wonderful feeling,” Kapadia recalled.

Tenet, Kapadia said, is a film designed for the big screen experience but at the same time, she also wants people to not let guard down. “My only desire for the film is that people should actually enjoy it in theatres. I know these are trying times but this film is made for the big screen. It is absolutely fantastic and unbelievable. You have to see it to believe it. At the same time, people should take complete care.”

In a candid admission, Kapadia said she believes that she would have to watch Tenet at least three times more to fully understand the plot. “I have to see it three times more to completely understand. I have seen it once, I have read the script and has worked in it, but I still need to see it three more times or maybe four times to finally understand what it was.”

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