Harshvardhan Kapoor says he’s still not paid for Mirzaya

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Harshvardhan riding horse with his screen lover Saiyami Kher in Mirzya.

We don’t know how the paycheque system works in Bollywood but Harshvardhan Kapoor who makes his debut in Mirzya says he hasn’t got paid for that film so far.

Harshvardhan Kapoor says the first paycheque he got was for Bhavesh Joshi, his second film, and not his debut movie Mirzya.

Harshvardhan is making his Bollywood debut with Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra-directed romantic drama.

“I got my first salary for ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ (his second film). I haven’t got anything for ‘Mirzya’ yet. I feel comfortable with seeing myself on screen be it the trailer or my first poster or magazine cover. I have grown up in a film family so I have grown up seeing all this,” Harshvardhan said.

Before starting the work on “Mirzya” Harshvardhan worked one and half years to prepare for his role. And for the 25-year-old actor, the process was both rewarding and frustrating.

“I don’t do things until I am fully prepared. I can do one thing for three years also. I am very patient. Without the prep work, it’s not possible to achieve what I have done in the film,” he said.

“I was so overwhelmed by the process that by the time I reach (sets for shooting) I was ready to deliver. I used that as emotional impetus for the scenes,” he added.

Harshvardhan chose to make his debut with “Mirzya” as opposed to the regular songs and dance potboiler.

“I think that (capturing the look) is Mehra’s magic…It is nothing about me. Its a director’s medium so it’s about how they choose to present you. Mehra is the best. Also, the prep of 18 months helped. It (prep time) was like a film in itself,” he added.

The first scene that Harshvardhan shot was a polo sequence and he took two days to film the scene.

“It was a polo sequence I was galloping on a horse. We shot it for two days it was very tough. Then there was a scene with Saiyami (his co-star) it was one of the light scenes we shot it in Udaipur,” he said.

In an earlier interview he had said it took about six weeks to learn horse riding, and more hours could have been spent learning to fire arrows while riding the horse!

Describing his director’s kind of film making he says  “With Mehra, nothing happens in one take, even if it is a perfect shot. Even I like doing things multiple times. Like there may be something good about the first take and then seventh take and then you edit it and blend it.”

He also recollected his first dialogue before the camera which was, ‘Mirza aise faltu kaam nahi karta’. “It’s a beautiful scene,” he added. The film also starring Saiyami Kher is set to release on October 7. – CINEWS

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