Vivaan Shah: When I met Akshara I told her I am her dad's biggest fan
Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah’s son youngest son Vivaan Shah has made his mark in films like 7 KHOON MAAF, HAPPY NEW YEAR and now he is gearing up for LAALI KI SHAADI MEIN LAADDOO DEEWANA opposite Akshara Haasan and Gurmeet Choudhary.
As we caught up with Vivaan in an exclusive interview, he spoke in length about his film, his journey in Bollywood, nepotism, aspirations of working with dad as well as upcoming projects.
Excerpts of the interview:
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Tell us about LAALI KI SHAADI MEIN LAADDOO DEEWANA?
LAALI KI SHAADI MEIN LAADDOO DEEWANA is a very light-hearted, entertaining comedy film. It’s a fun film, with a very strong message. It’s a film which you can sit, watch and enjoy with your entire family on a weekend.
Tell us about your role in the film?
I play a middle class guy Laaddoo who is a waiter from a small town, Lalitpur. Since I come from privileged social strata, essaying a working class character, stepping into their shoes is the best way to understand them. Laaddoo is a bit dishonest as a person, how he changes over the time is something you need to watch the film.
Share your experience working with Akshara Haasan and Gurmeet Choudhary?
When I first met Akshara I told her that I am your dad’s biggest fan. It was fun shooting with her. She is a prankster and it so happened that she actually scared the hell out of me. With Gurmeet he is like my brother, I love the way he sets the stage on fire, he is simply adorable.
You have worked mostly in supporting roles. This is going to be your first film as a hero. How do you feel?
"Would really love to work with dad Naseeruddin in a movie"
It feels great definitely but with this also comes a huge responsibility since the film rests on your shoulders. I’ve tried to put in my best efforts in the movie. We had a great fun while making the film. I hope people have great fun watching it.
A lot has been spoken about nepotism and you come from a family with strong film background? What is your take on nepotism?
Every actor’s journey is different and everyone goes through ups and down, every field has nepotism, a doctor’s kid would want to become a doctor and he has a lineage of doctor. With me and Akshara coming from acting background doesn’t mean we don’t have struggle.
How eager are you to share screen space with your family?
I would really love to work with dad in a movie. Recently, we did a play, which had all five of us together. It’s a comedy play titled ‘Riding Madly Off In All Directions’. It was a dream come true experience for me! I’ve done a film with dad, 7 KHOON MAAF but we did not share screen space in it. I’d love to do a movie with anybody from my family.
What are your upcoming projects?
I am doing a yet-untitled film, which is going to go on floors this year. I am playing a ventriloquist in it. It’s a fascinating movie about a blind girl and a ventriloquist. It’s a remake of a Korean film. Right now, I am preparing for the role, which of course is a challenging one!