Vishal gave me space to interpret 'Matru' my way: Imran Khan
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Playing a typical Haryanvi boy in 'Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola' was not easy for Imran Khan but the actor says his director Vishal Bhardwaj gave him enough space to interpret and understand the character.
"I was very surprised with his directing style. Since he is an experienced director, I was under the impression that he would sit on every single detail of my performance. But the kind of freedom he gave me, no other director has ever done," Imran said in an interview.
The film, also starring Pankaj Kapur, Anushka Sharma and Shabana Azmi, releases tomorrow.
The 29-year-old actor spent a lot of time taking dialect classes, doing workshops and meeting locals to understand the milieu of the film, which is set in the backdrop of land acquisition issue in Haryana.
"Vishal would give me lot of material during the rehearsals, like things to read and watch. They were basically tools to create my character but from the day we arrived on the sets, he told me 'Go ahead, I have given all the tools to you, they are in your pocket, you decide which one to use and how to use'," says Imran.
The actor, whose fan-base is largely urban thanks to hits like 'Delhi Belly' and 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan', says having so much freedom at the sets was "scary but empowering".
"That kind of freedom increases your responsibility, puts a lot of pressure on you and is very scary but at the same time it is very empowering. I had a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Really, no director has given me that kind of confidence that Vishal did," says Imran.
Another challenge that the young actor faced was matching up to the performance of Pankaj Kapur, who plays his boss in the movie.