Are you a fan of horror films or do you get scared?
I had watched ‘Bhoot’ as a kid and was so scared afterward that I had stopped watching horror films altogether. But ‘Stree’ changed everything. I think that’s why horror-comedy, as a genre, works. The comedy comforts you enough to deal with the horror elements.
So, do you now watch horror movies?
Yes, during the lockdown I binge-watched on a lot of out-and-out horror films.
How did ‘Roohi’ happen?
I fell off the chair laughing when writers Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Gautam Mehra, and producer Dinesh Vijan, gave me a narration. I was flipping especially over the love angle, which is so whacky and quirky. They have written it in a way that you will be convinced my character is in love with the chudail. Plus, the makers of the film are building a horror-comedy universe and I certainly wanted to be a part of it.
Were you, at any point, apprehensive that the makers might want to opt for a digital release?
It’s not easy for makers to hold on to a film for a long time but I am so grateful that Maddox Films did even when everything looked really uncertain in the beginning. A horror-comedy like ‘Roohi’ is more fun when watched with the whole family on the big screen, so I am glad we are releasing it in theatres.
Why did you colour your hair red for the film?
Don’t I look cute (chuckles)? A lot of thought went into it, actually. The story is set in a fictional town that’s located around the UP and MP border. So, I used to watch a lot of viral videos generated from that part of the country when prepping for the role. I have tried to imbibe the confidence with which they carry themselves and their look.
What would you do if you fall in love with a chudail in real-life?
I don’t know what I’ll do but one thing is sure, now I know how to woo and impress a chudail, which should come handy should I have such a spirited encounter (laughs).
What would be your plan of action during a zombie apocalypse?
I will dress as a zombie myself and join the herd then they will not realise that I am one of them. And if they sniff me out, it will be really bad timing!
Were there times when you and Rajkummar Rao improvised since you both have impeccable comic timing?
We stuck with the script for the most part but there are certain sequences where Raj and I improvised. Even the director was fine with it because it seemed organic.