‘Gehraiyaan’ Bold Scenes: Deepika-Siddhant Showed No Hesitations For Experiments, Says Intimacy Director
Sakun Batra’s Gehraiyaan is a film that talks about modern relationships and brings complex and nuanced characters to the fore. This film has made an attempt to explore some of the unchartered territories of Bollywood, showcasing some bold and intimate scenes. This led the film to make waves even before its release.
In an interview with the Hindustan Times, the Ukrainian filmmaker Dar Gai explained how she got the actors to work towards shooting the intimate scenes in the movie.
“My first days were to focus on the exercises which will allow Deepika and Siddhant to feel safe with each other, to trust each other. And, once you trust each other, that is when you can push to experiment, in terms of different expressions,” she said.
She was actually intended to work on this project for 5 short days to actually perform and take care of the workshops and direct the musical movies, but eventually, she ended up staying over a period of a month and a half.
She added that there was no sense of hesitation from Deepika and Siddhant to do any part of the scene. However, the workshop with all the actors including Ananya Pandey and Dhairya Karwa was different.
While asking if the actors had any kind of inhibitions concerning the workshop; she particularly mentioned that; “I think the biggest inhibition was mine. I was not sure what I would do, coming on the sets. I was not sure if actors will listen to, or were even willing to attend my workshops. A lot of things came from Shakun. He was so confident of my role, that kind of influenced the way how everyone in the crew looked at me, and the importance of intimacy direction in the film”
While on a personal note, in an exclusive interview with India Today, Dar Gai revealed about directing Deepika and Siddhant’s bold scenes and called it one of her favourite experiences ever.
“I don’t want to sound cheesy, but it was one of my favourite experiences ever because when you have the right people on board and professionals who believe in what they are doing and why they are doing it, it is then that the magic starts. Shakun (Batra, director of Gehraiyaan) is an incredible director. He doesn’t just have the creative energy; he also has a command over his craft. With Siddhant and Deepika, I could play around with a lot of interesting techniques,” she said.
While providing an explanation about the position of an intimacy director, she, in contrast to her job, mentioned what a motion director would do on set. “Intimacy direction helps us make actors feel safe – physically and emotionally” she mentioned.
Dar Gai has directed various music movies including some popular music videos. Gehraiyaan is slated for a launch on Amazon Prime Video on February 11.