Ananya Panday is excited and a bit nervous. Excited because it’s her second release in a year that she has made her debut. And nervous, because the scrutiny will be more intense on her the second time round. Ananya is a bonafide star with just one release Student of the Year though the film didn’t exactly set the box office on fire. She’s been on countless magazine covers, is a favorite with the paparazzi, has already been linked with a co-star (Kartik Aaryan) and is popular as a fashionista.
This week, she is in the spotlight again. Her second release, Pati Patni Aur Woh – the remake of the 1970s comedy starring Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta – will hit the screens on Friday. Ahead of D-day Ananya had a chat with Masala.com…
Are you better prepared to handle the pre-release stress and stardom than you were at the time of Student of the Year?
Yes, I am definitely better prepared now. When I did Student…, I was only 18. I had no clue how I would look, how I would be presented etc. But at the same time, it was so much fun and there was lot of excitement. Of course, after Student of the Year released, there is more responsibility and awareness. I have enjoyed every minute of it but now I know a lot more about cinema. In fact, I even enjoy promotions a lot. Not many stars do but I like it because I love talking and meeting people.
How about criticism? Are you better equipped to handle it now?
Yes! I am all for opinions and freedom of speech. However, I believe that criticism should not be too negative. It should come from a well-meaning space and not cross the line. If someone blatantly talks about looks or my style, without any ground, then it will definitely affect me. That’s why I started my social media campaign to encourage people to be more positive and just nice to each other. Why pull others down?
Let’s talk about your film. Have you watched the older version?
I had watched the old movie with my grandmother who was a fan of Sanjeev Kumar. I remember enjoying it and wondering how cool it would be to do something similar in present times too. Of course, the current version is nothing like the previous one except for the context. I watched the film again after I was offered it, to understand it better. But our film is very modern, it has been tailored to present times and values.
While this film may be light, affairs and matters of the heart are no laughing matter, right?
I agree but the film isn’t comical as such. It’s lighthearted and focuses more on the three people dealing with a situation. The comedy comes from the situation they are in and not belittling it in any matter. It also doesn’t encourage extra-marital affairs or cheating. Sometimes people forget that films are a means of entertainment. It will make you laugh but I feel it will also make you more considerate towards your partner.
If you were an agony aunt, what advice would you give to the Pati, Patni and Woh ?
To the Woh, I wouldn’t encourage extra marital relaitonships at all. I would just ask her to leave or not be with a committed man. It’s not worth it.
To the patni (wife), I’d say that if you feel you are not respected, you always have the option of leaving. Even to the pati (husband) I would say the same thing: make a choice and stand by it. It’s your choice and the life you want to lead.
What is your favourite relationship movie?
I am a Dharma kid so I absolutely love Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and other films of Karan Johar. But in the more serious films category, I loved Tamasha. It dealt with very complex relationships. And Agar tum saath ho is such a touching number!