As much as she has enjoyed the tranquility Dharamshala has afforded her over the past two months, Fatima Sana Shaikh is eager to return to Mumbai in time for Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’s release. The actor admits she missed watching movies on the big screen during the lockdown, but only has one item on her to-do list. “I’m tired of watching movies on a laptop and go to the theater to watch the movie,” she explains. The Manoj Bajpayee and Diljit Dosanjh starrer is set to be the first Bollywood offering to hit the marquee after the pandemic.
In setting the comedy in the ’90s, director Abhishek Sharma aims to capture the pre-social media innocence. The feeling touches on Shaikh who believes that romances at the time – when ghosting wasn’t invented as a dating dictionary word and the concept of right-wing swipe was alien – had their own charm. “I’m a 90’s kid. I remember talking to guys on the landline and pulling the extension cord to my bedroom so no one knows. We didn’t have cell phones or WhatsApp, instead we had patience while we waited for an answer [from our crush]. Now it is useful thanks to dating apps. But I have no idea how many people get seriously involved after meeting through these apps. “
Dosanjh plays her love interest in the comedy
After attempting drama in Dangal (2016) and Thugs of Hindostan (2018), the actor is keen on trying comedy. “I have a bad sense of humor and make silly jokes. But I was surrounded by brilliant actors who helped me improve my comedic timing,” she says.
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