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‘I would not have regretted doing Razakar, not even if this had been my last film’

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Actress Anushree Tripathi, who is proud to be a part of the recently released Razakar, gets candid with The Pioneer about being part of the project, preparations for the project, and more.
SHIKHA DUGGAL
Politicians are also discussing Razakar: The Silent Genocide of Hyderabad as a film. Better than that, what is it? It appears that the film accurately depicted the historical realities of Nizam’s rule in Telangana both before and after Indian independence. Additionally, one of the film’s key actresses concurs.
Anushree Tripathi tells us exclusively over the phone, after concluding all of the media appearances: “I have been performing in theaters for a while, but my theater background wasn’t anything that could have helped me play the role of a Nizam’s wife. Even though I’m quite opinionated in real life, I had to exercise extreme caution when it came to my character.”
The actress disclosed that she went through multiple more preparations, saying, “First, I went to the Chowmahalla Palace. I talked to a few Muslim women and noticed how reserved they are. Then, Harish Chandra Rayala, who is renowned for his technique training, trained me. We took our roles very seriously, and my walk was taken care of as well. I was particularly asked to communicate with my eyes! Additionally, I am quite aware of how the Telugu audiences perceive our eye movements. I experimented with numerous monologues during the course of two to three months of my acting training. I watched the films that had a strong regal theme! Another person I looked up to was Keerthy Suresh from Mahanati, especially with her glamorous pose.”
More importantly, she said, “Throughout, I solely paid attention to Muslim women. Not mine, but every other character in the film was based on actuality. The scriptwriter, who is also our director, developed one imaginary character for me, and that was mine.”
Yes, she did feel complicit in a number of scenes. Anushree tells us, for instance, that she frequently felt as though she was on the wrong side of things. “Maintaining the spark of chemistry between Makarand Deshpande and myself was one of my favourite challenges! I felt like I had icy feet and was incredibly anxious. Mysore Palace setting was equally magnificent, even if everyone else was filming in nearby villages or Ramoji Film City. Everyone used to make fun of me since I was always accompanied by four people while I wandered around in my baggy clothes. I was the center of attention on the Razakar sets!”
She even said, quite candidly, “At first, I was worried about the screen space. I truly enjoyed the three additional scenes that aren’t in the film! Due to the film’s extended running time, the songs had to be cut as well. The producing company suffered a loss of about six crores in those conditions. I was therefore quite interested in learning how they were pairing me with Anasuya, Vedhika, and so on. When I finally saw my sequences carefully placed on screen on the Hyderabad screening night, I was very thrilled.”
We also couldn’t have missed the following in this interview: “It’s encouraging to see local politicians praising our film on patriotism. On the day of the screening, I heard a lot of people from the present generation recollect how their ancestors had fought in this war. That movie was that significant. They lost family members in these fights, and it hasn’t been discussed until recently. I observed the families get tearful.”
She also recalled the time that Taj Falaknuma Palace denied them permission to shoot for nearly three and a half months, for a mere five days. “The princess didn’t like some of the royal-themed scenes in the film! The film wasn’t about Islam, and a lot of the people acting that way weren’t supposed to. Not just in Bollywood, but a lot of well-known personalities in tollywood turned down to star in the film too! As an insider, I am aware of how difficult it was for the crew to cast female actors. How many actresses, in the end, turned down the roles? They mistakenly believed that our film would attack a certain religion. They assumed! I am glad that I was a part of Razakar. Reviews praise the movie’s visual effects and colour grading as well. I would not have regretted anything, not even if this had been my last film. I was a part of a mission, not a movie.”
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