Nushrat Bharucha on Pyaar Ka Punchnama: Applause was for the boys, girls were just a catalyst

Pyaar Ka Punchnama actor Nushrat Bharucha reveals that she did the film fully knowing that the male co-stars will walk away with all the applause.

bollywood Updated: Feb 02, 2018 18:15 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
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Nushrat Bharucha stars in the upcoming film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety.

Actor Nushrat Bharucha, who stars in the upcoming film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (SKTKS), is taking inspiration from the current phenomenon of female-driven films in Bollywood. “There should be a correct balance. With films like NH-10 and Phillauri, what Anushka Sharma is doing, or what Shraddha Kapoor and Vidya Balan are doing with their films, the industry is changing for women. So, at this point in my career, I, too, have to come up with an interesting concept, instead of just dancing around trees. I hope I have done well in SKTKS,” says Nushrat, who has done films such as Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (2010), Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011) and the latter’s sequel in 2015.

Has the nature of offers coming her way changed in any way after Pyaar Kaa....? The film and its sequel both were box office hits. “Pyaar Ka Punchnama was mainly a boys’ film; we girls were just a catalyst. We would set up a situation for them to react to, and the joke would come on us. The applause was for the boys. But, the film paved the way for me in the industry.”

Nushrat’s dad Tanvir Bharucha is a renowned theatre actor. She, too, tried the medium for some time before venturing into films. Explaining why she is apprehensive about it, Nushrat says. “Theatre is difficult. It’s not that I’m afraid of doing ‘one takes’ or shots, but it’s about being able to live one character for several hours on a daily basis! When I do films, I get off-days. But, in theatre, there are back-to-back shows, with non-stop rehearsals. It’s too scary a thought.”

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First Published: Feb 02, 2018 18:15 IST