Ishaqzaade, starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, celebrated its ninth year on the big screen. In a behind-the-scenes video, Arjun candidly discusses the hard work that went into creating the film’s realistic action.
In 2011, Parineeti Chopra made her acting debut in the YRF multi-starrer Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, directed by Maneesh Sharma and starring Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. As a result of her supporting role in the film, Parineeti’s first starring role was in the 2012 hit Ishaqzaade, opposite debutant Arjun Kapoor.
Rarely does a young boy get such a big break from a legendary film production house like YRF, and especially not in a film directed by Habib Faisal. Shanoo Sharma, the head of YRF’s casting unit, was discovered among the two, along with Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.
Arjun was born and raised in the midst of the Hindi film industry, so he was unaware of the existence of small towns outside of the tinsel town. Before he was set ready, Habib Faisal and Arjun worked on workshops for months. Arjun opens up about making preparations for the plethora of realistic action that was cut from the film in a behind-the-scenes video.
Arjun collaborated closely with action director Sham Kaushal on the design of his character Parma’s raw, brutish, and animalistic movements. “I believe he comprehended the setting of the film. He didn’t want it to have this larger-than-life feel to it.”
It’s a difficult task for a newbies to accomplish a difficult feat such as adrenaline-fueled action in the first film. On-screen bravado and charisma are required to sell the action to millions of viewers who are aware that the action is a work of fiction but are still taken aback by the hero’s aggression.
“He wanted it to be real and the real aggression that happens in these small-town fights,” Arjun continued about Sham Kaushal’s cinematic approach towards the audience.
It’s also not so much about people flying through the air or action scenes from movies. When a slap is delivered, it is felt because it is rough, real, and raw. It’s not like a thousand kicks and punches are being thrown at each other. As a result, he was able to pinpoint the ideal zone and accurately pitch the action.”
The viewer, critics, and trade pundits unanimously praised Arjun and Parineeti for their roles in the film, which was hailed as a smash hit. Following that, Arjun and Parineeti collaborated in another YRF production, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, directed by Dibakar Banerjee, which was released in the middle of the pandemic and received little attention.
Ishaqzaade’s music, particularly the title track, was instrumental in imprinting the tragic storey of two love birds named Zoya and Parma in the heart and soul of audiences.