Urvashi Rautela’s look from the film Hate Story IV.
Urvashi Rautela, who blew everyone’s mind with her amazing dance moves in the song Haseeno Ka Deewana, has bounced back with some exceptionally dance forms in her upcoming thriller film, Hate Story 4. Talking to mid-day online about how Hate Story 4 is a woman-centric film and how its release date around women’s day is apt, a cheerful Urvashi Rautela spills the beans about the film being more than just an erotica.
Read the excerpts here:
Why did you sign Hate Story IV?
The only reason I signed Hate Story IV was purely because I loved my character Tasha in it. I think it was tailor-made for me and the entire script. Tasha is a big supermodel and I really loved the amalgamation of two different worlds in it. First, that she was very strong, confident and fearless but on the other hand, she is very vulnerable, soft and real. I really loved the entire team and Tseries is my family, working with them, again and again, feels home and also my director Vishal Pandya. These are the reasons why I signed the film.
What attracted you towards this role?
Different kinds of roles and that’s what the actors should be focussing on doing variety and playing different roles. And it was Tasha’s supermodel character that attracted me towards this role. I had to do a lot of preparation to do for this character. I’ve been a teen supermodel in my real life. So, that was something that came naturally to me. Also, apart from that, there were certain characteristics of Tasha which were completely different from my real personality. Therefore, there was a lot of underground research that I had to do for this role along with mental and physical preparation. It was not that easy because it is definitely the most exhausting role of my career. We have had a lot of emotional breakdown scenes. There was a lot of hate responsibility.
What kind of responses are you receiving for Hate Story IV?
We are receiving a very positive and amazing kind of responses for the film. People have loved it and they have appreciated it. We have crossed more than 40 million views on the film’s trailer and also on the Aashiq Banaya Aapne track. It makes me really happy when people are really complimenting about Tasha and that’s what I want. The biggest highlight was my (Tasha’s) end walk in the trailer, where I am folding up my sleeves and just walking. So, I think that’s the major highlight and people are really appreciating about that part from the trailer.
After being applauded for your Kaabil dance numbers, would you take up item numbers in films?
I did that only because of Hrithik Roshan and Rakesh Roshan. They really liked me for Haseeno Ka Deewana and I was very well appreciated for that. After that, I got a lot of big opportunities but I haven’t thought about it much but definitely, I am happy in my own movies that I have done. Aashiq Banaya Aapne song and Naam Hai Mera songs from Hate Story IV are also dance numbers. I did Haseeno Ka Deewana only and only because of Hrithik Roshan.
Aren’t you afraid of being stereotyped in the business?
I am very positive and blessed to be doing a variety of roles in my films. Like in my first film, Singh Saab the Great, I played the role of a simple Punjabi kudi and in my second film, I play a socialite. I wanted to take that glamorous role because I had played a de-glam role in my debut film. That’s the reason I did Socialite. In my third film, I played the role of a ghost and in my fourth one, I am playing a supermodel. So, I am glad that directors have always perceived me in different kinds of roles and this is something which really makes me happy. I want to continue doing this.
Also, we have women’s day on March 8, any message that you want to give them?
I always believe in celebrating women’s day, and it’s such a great time that we have a female-centric film also releasing around the same time. I am really happy that our movie is releasing around women’s day because the film is about women and Tasha is the real hero of the film. That way I think everything is happening according to God’s perfect timing.
What are your upcoming projects?
I have promised myself that I will not talk about my upcoming projects until March 9, 2018.
What kind of a rapport have you built with your co-stars?
With all my co-stars, I make sure that we have a friendly relation and with both of my co-actors Vivan Bhatena and Karan Wahi, the experience has been really great. They were really supportive and are both great actors. It was a fun time shooting with them. As an actor, I have always believed in doing something new.
Tell us something about the reprised song versions of the film and your dance in it.
For instance, when I got to know about Aashiq Banaya Aapne music, I was very sure that I want to do something very different, like how I do eleven different dance forms from Bharatnatyam to hip-hop, Kathak, jazz, ballad, belly dance. I have done heels choreography in this song and no one India has ever done it, Yanis Marshall does it in Hollywood. I’m really glad that people are loving it. Heels choreography is not as easy as it looks. It’s done by wearing five inch-heels to maintain your centre of gravity and balance. Slowly, people are really complimenting heels choreography. In the other song, Naam Hai Mera, which was a sudden incorporation in the film and I have done a new different choreography waacking. It is a form of expression of dance in which we use our arms. It’s a new different thing for all my fans and Hate Story lovers.
Are you happy with the way your career is being shaped up or the kinds of films you’re being offered?
I’ve grown up watching a lot of Jennifer Lawrence’s work. I really loved her character in the film Joy, where she played a very strong role and those were female-centric films and also watching Gal Gadot and Wonder woman, she’s also Miss Universe’s royal. So, watching a lot of female-centric films, I had a dream of being in a female-centric film and I think Hate Story IV is my women-centric film and Tasha is the real hero of the entire story. So, in that case, yes, I always wanted to do a female-centric film and I really think that though it’s very early for me, I’m very happy but also nervous at the same time.