Disha Patani loves action films, superheroes and loves to watch horror films. Some of her favourites happen to be Avengers, Hulk, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Everything Undisputed and Mission Impossible. Her next film after Baaghi 2 is a trilingual film and if all goes well, she would love to make all of us laugh in an out and out comedy. Here’s PRATISHTHA MALHOTRA in a conversation with Disha Patani.
Do you think you’re ready to do action for films now after the riot that Baaghi has been?
I haven’t thought about it so much. I can work in an action film but it depends on the story.
If we look at our films, we see very few girls fighting their fight in films. Do you agree?
There should be female oriented action films. Unfortunately, not many producers are ready to invest in a film on a girl fighting. Katrina (Kaif) did such a thing in Tiger Zinda Hai but we've never had a full fledged female action film. Be it any profession, girls are yet to get their dues. Hopefully this will change. People still cannot imagine women fighting, they have the idea of them being beautiful and there. Films are a reflection of people's perspective and are made to cater their taste. If the society accepts women doing action then films will start showcasing that.
We’ve heard you referring to yourself as a rebel. Why so?
I think I'm a rebel because I want to be relevant in this industry and left my studies for it.
How did films happen for you?
My family is very supportive. Initially, they were skeptical but they were never hesitant of the idea. I was doing B. Tech and wanted to be an air force pilot. I was a very shy girl and socially awkward. I never thought I could be an actress. I didn't know how acting was done. I won a beauty contest in Mumbai which was done for fun during a summer break. Then I was called for a shoot and a modelling agency called Toabh wanted to sign me up. I did it and also started auditioning for TV commercials. I used to stay back for a day during the contest and do these auditions. I feel lucky because I used to get what I used to get into. I started making money. I was 18 and was feeling very independent. I shifted to Mumbai. I was made to decide it was either modelling or studies. I was just a normal girl with no idea about the industry. I had to audition and keep doing the work I did for survival. And that's how films happened.
I’m sure it must have been hard.
Nothing is smooth for any profession. My sister is a Captain in the army and I think it's as difficult. However, I can't do ten percent of what she does. It's just that my life is much easier.
We hear you have not taken on any Bollywood project at the moment.
I'm doing a South film called Sangamithra which will be a trilingual film. It’s not about me taking my career slow. It's about me signing the right film. I don't have anyone to shield me. If a film doesn't work I don't know if I will get another chance. So any step that I take, I have to be careful and proud doing the work I do. I'm selfish for a good role.
What about Student Of The Year 2, are you a part of it too?
I'm not doing Student Of The Year 2 and was never approached for it. Currently I don't have Bollywood projects in the pipeline.
Other than action, what other genre would you want to explore?
I'm good at comedy personally. Once I get more confident I want to explore that genre in a film. I still have inhibitions regarding comedy and crossing the thin line of overacting. Depending on what role I get, I will see how strong it is and do it.