WittyFeed caught up with actor Vivaan Shah who was in Delhi for the promotion of his upcoming film 'Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana', also starring Akshara Haasan, Gurmeet Choudhary, Saurabh Shukla and Sanjay Mishra, for an exclusive interview.
The film is already creating ripples owing to a controversy surrounding a scene in the trailer wherein a heavily pregnant Laali (played by Akshara) is seen getting married. Apparently, 70-80 supporters of VHP protested outside the office of the film producer T.P. Aggarwal in Mumbai claiming that the very scene can severely hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community.
While interacting with WittyFeed, Vivaan Shah revealed several interesting things about his career, personal life, and love for cinema, theatre and literature, among other things. So, without much ado, let's talk about some of the most interesting things that you probably didn't know about him.
In Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana, Vivaan Shah plays the character of Laaddoo, an unscrupulous lover who abandons his girlfriend when he learns about his pregnancy. When question by WittyFeed about the chemistry his character shares with Akshara's and Gurmeet's in the movie, Vivaan explained, "It is a love triangle but as oppose to other love triangles here Laadoo and Laali are also accomplices and partners in crime.
So, it starts off with almost a Bunty Aur Babli kind of note. Laaddoo is an unscrupulous, dishonest kind of a character. He is a wheeler-dealer, bustler who coming from a small town wants to make it big. He does various questionable things. One thing, in particular, is the pregnancy aspect. He is someone who doesn't live up to the responsibility. He abandons his girlfriend after she reveals her pregnancy."
Vivaan, who made his debut with Vishal Bhardwaj's 2011 film '7 Khoon Maaf', has done a total of 4 films till date, including Happy New Year and Bombay Velvet. When WittyFeed questioned about his eclectic choice of roles, Vivaan said, "I wish I could have done more films.
The number of movies going into production has reduced drastically. It's not that I am picky and choosy. I don't think that in today's time anybody has the luxury to be picky and choosy. These are tough times, and as an actor, I am happy to be working."
While answering to a question about his early influences, Vivaan mentioned about the Hollywood Gangster films of the '30s and '40s. He said, "I think for me as an actor it is definitely the '30s and '40s Warner Brothers Gangster movies... Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Edward G. Robinson... this was the pre-Brando generation, and these guys were not into method acting... they really affected me.
Even today they don't teach you Bogart and Cagney in acting books because they are considered little larger than life, operatic and dramatic. Some of the greatest acting in the history of cinema has been done by Cagney... he should be an inspiration for every actor."
When asked about his upcoming projects, Vivaan told WittyFeed, "After this, I am doing a film in which I am playing a ventriloquist. I am doing voice exercises and training. It is a remake of a Korean film. It is pretty light for a Korean film. It is about a ventriloquist and a blind girl. He is pretending to be different people."
When asked by WittyFeed to share his favorite era of Bollywood, Vivaan was quick to confess his fondness for the mainstream films of the '70s. "It's great cinema if you look at it. There are great stories. It is classic drama in a Greek sense," Vivaan asserted.
Vivaan, who comes from a family that shares an intimate relationship with the world of arts, is a man of varied tastes and talents but for him it is theatre acting that comes first to none. Vivaan explained, "Being a theatre actor is an essential part of me.
That's where I started off. I stumbled into movies but I have always been a theatre actor to begin with... right from my childhood actually." Vivaan also talked about the great experience he had while working on an English play called 'Riding Madly Off in All Direction' that featured all the five members of his family--Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah alongside Imad, Heeba, and Vivaan--for the very first time.
Vivaan, who is extremely well read for an actor, is set to launch a parallel career as a novelist. While talking to WittyFeed about his literary influences, he revealed about his writing endeavours.
"There is a book of short stories that I am writing that's very much inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. Then there is a hardboiled kind of a novel that I am trying to write in the vein of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett," elaborated Vivaan.