Debutante Mishti talks to BizAsia about ‘Kaanchi’


Subhash Ghai is ready to make his big comeback with the forthcoming ‘Kaanchi’ which is set to release on 25th April. Mishti makes her debut along with Kartik Tiwari in the movie which surround the story of a young woman and her fight for her country. BizAsia has the chance to catch up with Mishti to talk to her about her experience in making the film.

Indian cinema has seen a phenomenal resurgence of female-centric films in recent times. Does ‘Kaanchi’ belong to that genre?

I would say ‘Kaanchi’ is a youth film. It’s a coincidence that the lead character is female. The film is more about the character, the gender doesn’t really matter in this instant.

What drew you to ‘Kaanchi’ as your Bollywood debut venture?

Working with the director, Subhash Ghai. I feel supremely blessed to have such luck. I just wanted to jump straight into the project. I didn’t think twice.

How did being cast by the Showman of Indian cinema in his next project come about?

I had finished college and had no plans for Bollywood or the film industry. I had done a Bengali film and the assistant director of that film was the chief assistant of Subhash Ghai. Subhash Ji had auditioned about 300 or 400 girls by this point but couldn’t find his ‘Kaanchi’ On request, I showed him some of my clips. I had no idea that auditions for the film were taking place. The rest is a fairy tale for me.

Did you feel a sense of pressure, working with one of the industry’s most acclaimed directors?

I wasn’t actually nervous. From the very beginning, Subhash Ji and his family and the entire crew accepted me as a family member. It was like one big extended family. And Subhash Ji has an amazing way with his actors. He makes everyone feel comfortable. He can even make a non actor act to the level of excellence.

How was working with Kartik?

The first time we met was at my screen test. He was there to see if we had a screen chemistry. On the first day, we gelled. We’re super good friends offscreen, which helped onscreen. The scenes came out well because of the friendship between us.

How was it working with veterans Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty?

Having the opportunity to work with such great, accomplished actors was a huge blessing also. It went really well. When you share screen space with such huge actors, they advise and explain things and the scenes with them were beautiful. The ease with which they perform was amazing to watch also.

Who will the film appeal to and what can audiences expect?

‘Kaanchi’ will appeal to every class. It’s both a class film and a mass film. It’s a mass film with a bit of class and a class film with a bit of mass. It has all the masala, romance, thrills, action, a social message, politics, inspirational plots… It caters to all sections of society.

How did you get into character, and how close are Kaanchi’s character traits to yours?

Kaanchi is a character that every group of Indians can relate to – male or female. She falls in love, she fights with her mother, she loves her family and her birthplace. Her character is someone that every Indian can relate to.

What sets you apart from your contemporaries in Indian cinema as an artist?

Light is in the eyes of the beholder. I guess it’s up to the director, the audiences, up to people to decide whether they like me or not, and for what reasons. It’s really hard for me to judge myself.

‘Kaanchi’ is produced under the Mukta Arts banner and will be internationally distributed by B4U.

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