Shubh Nikah is an inter-religious love story, a genre that has been explored time and again, yet has not quite succeeded. What makes the film different?
Yes, the film is indeed an inter-religious love story, but it is largely presented in a light-hearted and positive manner. The premise of the film is such that it is essentially a story of two young people in love, where the girl just happens to be a Muslim and the boy a Hindu. Furthermore, what the film is trying to portray is that in such a scenario, while the immediate family may have reservations, the issue snowballs because of how society views such a union, on something that Creates hue and cry which will not affect their daily life in any way. Way.
When it comes to genres like inter-religious unions, there’s always a risk of unintentionally stereotyping as well as turning the characters into caricatures and over the top. How does auspicious marriage take place away from that area?
Here I will give full credit to the director Arshad Siddiqui who himself is a Muslim and understands these concepts very well. At the grassroots level, he very much identifies with the characters he is portraying on screen, so there is depth and realism to that. For example, there is a scene in the trailer where the Hindu boy (Rohit Vikram) refuses the prasad being offered by his father, saying that he is fasting, leaving his father confused, yet angry. . To portray such ‘blasphemy’ in a humorous manner, with an inner angry tone is no easy task. Of course it helps a lot that actors like Govind Namdev and Pankaj Berry (playing the Hindu and Muslim fathers respectively) are extremely polished in their craft, thus making it easier for all of us to pull off and perform better on screen Is.
Do you think there has been a change in the way people look at inter-religion and Hindu Muslim marriages in particular in the country?
It’s been a slow progress, though, so I think a lot of it is dependent on education. As more and more youngsters are moving away from the arranged marriage set-up and falling in love, cutting across the barriers of religion or caste, a change is surely on the horizon.
These days there is this debate and debate about Bollywood vs South Cinema. Since you have acted in both, do you see any difference (if any) between the two industries?
Firstly, both the industries are extremely efficient when it comes to actors, technicians, technology and the like. The only difference that stands out most probably is the discipline. Whereas in the South, if your roll time is seven, you start early at that time, whereas in Bollywood people take it a bit easy and often turn up late on the sets.
Shubh Nikah will hit the theaters on March 17.