Fans of Bollywood are eagerly awaiting to see the magic which is being put together by newbies Agastya Nanda, Suhana Khan, and Khushi Kapoor in The Archies. Expectations are riding high on this entertainer, directed by Zoya Akhtar, which will be launching not only the grandson of Amitabh Bachchan, daughter of Shah Rukh Khan, and daughter of Boney Kapoor and the late Sridevi, but also a host of new stars. Sharing her experience working with seven newbies, the filmmaker explained the need for boot camp and also touched up on the subject of the off-screen camaraderie these actors share with each other.
Zoya Akhtar talks about holding a boot camp for newbies in The Archies; says, “The challenge was that they were completely raw”
In a recent interview with Vogue, Zoya Akhtar stressed on the need of training these freshers who were completely new to the world of shooting films. “The challenge was that they were completely raw. So, you have to do a complete boot camp. You have to prep them for various reasons. One is, you want your characters to be who you want them to be, you want to co-create something with the actor. You want them to be comfortable when they hit the scene because it’s overwhelming to have 200 people on a set, you have a camera in your face and you have to perform when everyone keeps quiet and you have to perform when the word action is said, it’s daunting,” said the filmmaker.
She continued, “That only comes if they were prepared and they’re not so nervous. So, there was a big boot camp, they had dance class, acting workshops, and cinematography training because it’s a technical job as well, they had to learn cycling and skating. It was endless and they did well.”
Zoya Akhtar also opened up about the off-screen chemistry between the co-stars and couldn’t stop gushing about it as she added, “They just stick together all the time, they hype each other a lot and I hope it stays. They have been good with each other, they have played off each other and that energy comes through.”
Readers couldn’t be more excited to watch The Archies which is slated for a digital release this year on Netflix. Set in a different time period and era, this film is heavily inspired by its namesake comic series and will feature Agastya Nanda in the titular character, along with Suhana Khan as Veronica, Khushi Kapoor as Betty, Mihir Ahuja as Jughead as well as a host of newbies like Vedang Raina, Aditi Saigal, and Yuvraj Menda essaying popular characters from the comics onscreen. It is slated for release on December 7.
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