Disha Patani Of Kung Fu Yoga Says, ‘I don’t want to be eye-candy’
May be Disha Patani is just a step away from International stardom. As Kng Fu Yoga nears it’s release, the humble actress says, ‘I don’t have a fan base. Why would someone spend so much money on me and make a film? You have to reach a certain level after which you will get the roles you want.’ The actress wishes to be a part of “Avangers” one day. “I want to be a part of Avengers; they can make me the Hulk! I want to do a superhero film,” she smiles. But right now, she’s excited about Kung Fu Yoga, coming up for release on February 3. It is her international debut starring Jackie Chan along with Sonu Sood and Amyra Dastur.
On her casting in Kung Fu Yoga :
I said I have to get this film.
They gave me the script, which was four pages, like a monologue.
The character had to be mature and graceful. She is a princess and at the same time, a fighter.
I have done gymnastics before, so I had videos from an old collection, which I gave them during the audition. It had me doing flips and all. They liked it and I got lucky.
On shooting experience :
When I went on set the first day, they gave me a harness and asked me to jump from a height. I had to fall down, do a somersault and then hang on to a rope — that was my first day of shoot.
But it was really exciting, just the fact that I was doing something different. Because in Bollywood, we don’t have so much action for girls, unfortunately.
Before and after effect of her debut film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story :
Before my film came out, people did not know me. They did not know my name or what I did.
After my film came out, they saw my work and I got appreciation for whatever little I did. Now people know me, so they have some material to talk about.
I am happy now. People are talking about my work and it is really nice.
On her criteria for choosing a film :
It doesn’t matter. When I signed that film, I was getting so many offers with more screen time.
For me, it’s just about the story. So many people asked me why I was doing that film, the role was so small. But I believed in myself. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small role, if I know I can pull it off and have a good team, I will do it.
The length of my character doesn’t matter; the part I play does.
I want to do everything that I can. I want my characters to be strong. I don’t want to be eye-candy. I don’t want to just look pretty. I want people to know and recognize me.
On her next Bollywood venture :
I am looking for the right script after Dhoni.
People have certain expectations from me and I want to do different characters.
I did Loafer, a Telugu film, where I played a village girl.
Every time I do a film, I have to make sure that when someone looks at me, they can’t recognize Disha. It has to be a character. I want to do strong roles.
On dictating her career :
You have to reach a certain level after which you will get the roles you want.
Now, if I expect to get a biopic or a film on women after working with Jackie Chan… I can’t expect that.
I don’t have a fan base. Why would someone spend so much money on me and make a film?
The film is based on Jack (Jackie Chan), a renowned professor of archaeology at the Terracotta Warriors Museum in Xi’an, teams up with young Indian professor Ashmita and assistant Kyra to locate India’s lost Magadha treasure in Tibet.
Directed by Stanley Tong, Kung Fu Yoga is slated to release in the end of January, 2017 in India and China. The film is extensively shot in Jaipur and Iceland. Kung Fu Yoga is part of the three-film agreement signed between India and China during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.
This is not Jackie Chan’s first brush with Bollywood. For his 2005 film “The Myth”, he had cast Mallika Sherawat. The film went on to be a big success.
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