Amruta Sant talks about playing an activist in upcoming release Batla House
AMRUTA SANT, KNOWN for her roles in films like An Extraordinary Journey of a Fakir, will be seen as an activist in the John Abraham and Mrunal Thakurstarrer August 15 release Batla House, which is based on Operation Batla House that took place in 2008. The Mumbai-based actor who loves travelling and is an adventure sports enthusiast believes she is a strong woman just like the character in the film. Here she talks about her character Shraddha, idolising Medha Patkar and more. Excerpts:
Tell us about your role in Batla House.
I am playing an activist in the film, who is protesting against the special cell and the government. My character is fighting against the government because innocent students died in the encounter.
Did you do any research on the character?
Yes, I already knew about the case. I read lots of articles and news about this whole incident. I even watched lots of interviews on the same and tried understanding different points of view, considering the political scenario then. All of this has helped in crafting my character better.
What was it like working in a Nikhil Advani film?
Nikhil is a great director to work with. He is very sincere and makes his actors very comfortable. Also, one of his important traits is that he is very open to inputs and suggestions and that’s the reason all the actors can perform without pressure.
The film is based on a real-life incident. How was it reliving that incident and did that affect you as a person?
Although I knew about Batla House, I didn’t have very strong opinions about it at that time. Also, when the media stopped talking about it, the issue died. When I got the project, I reviewed the entire case from both the perspectives. The special cell has its own story and reasons for the encounter and the protesters have their own opinions. Revisiting this issue changed my perspective. Yes, it does affect you personally as you start questioning lots of things that are happening around you.
How was it sharing the screen space with John Abraham?
John is a big star and still very humble. He is a great actor and an excellent human being too. Also, he appreciates good work.
How much do you identify with the role?
The character I play is a very strong woman who believes in her cause and is strongly fighting for it. I identify with her a bit as I believe I have a strong personality like her and I am open to understanding different points of view.
Any activist whom you look up to?
Medha Patkar, I believe is an incredible lady. Tell us about your upcoming projects. I am concentrating on two English plays — Toxic and Coffee in the Canteen written by Shiv Subhramanyam and directed by Divya Jagdale.