For Prithviraj, Aurangzeb is important, especially since it arrives after Aiyyaa which did bring him into Bollywood scheme of things, even though the film wasn’t great shakes. While he was an element of lust for the character played by Rani Mukerji in the film, this time around he is again finding himself in the core of affairs, even though Arjun Kapoor is seen in a double role.
“Well, the film is about relationships and what happens between all these people, right from Arjun to Rishi Kapoor to Jackie Shroff to me. The film evolves in a classical Bollywood fashion, what with dialogues and pace keeping the proceedings alive. It is one of those films where people cannot relax and I am hoping that they would really love the experience,” says Prithviraj.
What further makes the film interesting for him is the fact that he has also given voiceover for it. “Yes, I am happy to be reaching out to the audience in that way,” he says, “Moreover, the film starts and ends with my character. Why this happens is something that you would know during the film.”
Meanwhile he is aware about the fact that many have perceived the film to be a sort of deja vu, especially considering the fact that the double role ‘adla badli’ has been seen earlier too, right from high profile Don to a little gem of a film, Mithya.
He smiles, “A lot of people have said that aapne picture trailer mein dikha di. But trust me, there is a lot more. What you see in the trailers is something that comes in the first 20 minutes of the film itself. The real Aurangzeb is about what happens from that point on.”
As for his character in particular, he is happy to be playing a brooding guy. “There is a scene in the film where I come back home and my wife tells me that she is pregnant. I am so stoic in this moment too that my wife just says – ‘Agar smile karoge toh bhi chalega’. See, the matter of the fact is that my character goes through lot of emotional turbulence in the film. The challenge was for me to communicate it well through my expressions.”
One communication that went wrong for him despite an earnest effort from his end was Aiyyaa. Really, in retrospect does he realize what went wrong? Says Prithviraj, “I understand what you are saying because a lot of people have asked me this question. See, I look at all of this very impartially. If you see the Marathi short film Gandha, it was superb. Aiyyaa was supposed to have a fantastical set up to it. It’s a different matter that it didn’t work. That’s okay, you move on. Some may have liked Aiyyaa, some may have hated it but then no one could ignore it.”