Mumbai: The response to his debut film ‘Mirzya’ has been underwhelming. But leading man Harshvardhan Kapoor has already moved on to his next which is an out and out commercial venture.
According to Harshavradhan , Vikramditya Motwane’s ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ where the young actor plays a vigilante, is a completely different world from that of ‘Mirzya’.
“’Mirzya’ is surreal, poetic. ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ is set in contemporary times . The issues it addresses concern all Indians very deeply,” says Harshvardhan, who sees this film as his political education, and also his initiation into the world of street action, as ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ contains some raw gritty fight scenes shot on the streets of Mumbai.
“The entire film is shot on real locations in Mumbai. It is the opposite of a fantasy,” says Harshvardhan who says he is very proud of ‘Mirzya’. “It’s a script I surrendered to completely because I completely believed in my director’s vision. When I look back on the film I feel there’s nothing I’d change in it.”
He sees a parallel between his sister’s debut and his own. “After ‘Mirzya’ I am at a situation and place where Sonam was after her first film ‘Saawariya’.”
The young fiercely dedicated actor feels the audience is missing some of layers and nuances in the storytelling. “We as people are in a hurry. And in this hurry we tend to miss out on the finer points. That’s okay. I am confident my film will find its audience eventually. Some of my father’s best films ‘Parinda,’ ‘1942: A Love Story,’ ‘Pukar’ and ‘Lamhe’ got a mixed response on release. And ‘Naayak’ which is one of his most popular films today was not a success when released.”