Patralekhaa, who marked her Bollywood debut with Hansal Mehta’s Citylights is back with the same team in Bose Dead or Alive. In a candid chat with Deccan Chronicle, the actress talks about her role, working with Rajkummar Rao and Hansal Mehta yet again, her future projects and more. Excerpts:
Tell us something about your role in Bose Dead or Alive?
I am playing this character called Nandani. She is a Bengali girl who belongs to the elite class in that era. She is rebellious and meets Bose who is also very rebellious in nature. She believes in Bose’s ideologies.
How was it working with beau Rajkummar Rao after Citylights?
I did Citylights with him and the best past of Bose is that I was very familiar with the cast and crew. It never felt that I was walking to the set where I don’t know people. I was aware about the technicians. I met Hansal sir and he is the creative producer of the series. He auditioned me for this and I gladly did it. I really wanted to be the part of this anyhow. Coming from a Bengali family, Bose has been a heroic person. My grandmother had met him and she used to tell us his stories. I feel just growing up with his stories and being a part of Bose is great.
How was it working with Hansal Mehta?
It was lovely working with Hansal sir. I worked with him in my debut film Citylights when I had no idea. So he literally shouted on me but loved me too. He is like my father figure who is directing me. The director Pulkit is a new guy who directed Maroon for Netflix. I feel he was mirroring Hansal sir because he was very passionate about his work and he understands his actors.
Is this a biopic on Bose?
It is a biopic. Bose is such a mysterious personality. He had a huge role to play in our freedom movement but no one really knows what it was. Also, his death is very mysterious. A lot of people say that he died in a plane crash. So, this series dabbles a bit of his mysterious personality.
What’s happening on the film front?
I just finished a film with Abhay Deol titled Nanu Ki Jaanu. It is a dark quirky film. I had lot of fun while shooting it. We finished shooting in 35 days in Noida and Delhi.
Bose Dead/Alive starring Rajkummar Rao will be streaming on 20th November exclusively on the ALTBalaji App.