She was authentic as a maid in Ajeeb Daastaans, mysterious in the horror movie Chhorrii, and cunning in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. If you haven’t guessed, we’re talking about Nushrratt Bharuccha, who was in Chandigarh a day before his theatrical release, Janhit Mein Jaari. That’s what she says…
Your role as a condom saleswoman in a small town has been attracting attention since the trailer was released. How did you come to play such a bold role?
As for the film, the main reason was Raaj Shaandiliyaa, the producer of Janhit Mein Jaari. I had already worked with him in Dream Girl. I am absolutely in love with the world he creates. He knows the pulse of ordinary men. As for my role as a young condom saleswoman, I would say more courageous than daring.
Raising condom awareness is one thing, playing such a character is another. Have you broken some stereotypes?
I’ve never had any inhibitions buying a condom from a pharmacy and talking about it. I also didn’t feel any guilt or shame portraying this character on screen. In fact, when we were filming in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh, I literally went out and sold it to the crowd for one scene.
The OTT extension of your acting career has been fruitful. How do you feel about that?
I make the most of it. I learned to act on the job and I’m happy not to limit myself to how a role should be approached. I take full creative freedom.
Were you demanding when choosing your first OTT project?
There is only one rule of thumb that I follow when choosing a project. The script has to interest me enough to make me turn the pages quickly. While Chhalaang was intended for theaters but due to Covid, it was released on a digital platform. It was the character of Ajeeb Daastaan that really marked my official digital debut.
When did you experiment in your approach?
Experiences happen when you have choices, and choices come when you put in enough work to get people to approach you. About being typecast, as actors we are all typecast. But sometimes, even with a rehearsed character, there’s an opportunity to explore a new angle and if it’s possible, I’d have no qualms about being typecast. If you ask me which roles I love the most, I probably won’t answer them. I don’t want to choose a particular genre or character when I think of myself as an actor. I don’t want to create limits in my head.
Is there anything that makes you unpopular among your friends?
It would be my habit to be late for every meeting plan. As celebrities, we lead such hectic and planned lives that when I’m chilling with my favorite people, I’m taking the liberty of being late.
You mentioned depression. How did you handle this?
The time my movies failed and I had almost no work, I was at an emotional low point. But I made sure to continually talk about it with my friends. Also, whatever emotion I felt, I lived it to the fullest and was done with it. So whether it’s crying, talking, or fuming, I do it with the utmost respect for emotion. Self-therapy also works as long as you don’t shut yourself down.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I have a sweet tooth and also a coffee addict. I have my own espresso machine that I take everywhere I go. Also, I only drink coffee with almond milk. So, I carry a bag of almonds as well as a milk machine.
What are the other upcoming projects?
Chhorii 2 is in the works while Hurdang and Ram Setu are due out this year.