Brahmastra, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, is all set to release today. The Free Press Journal caught up with actress Rashi Mal, who also stars in the fantasy-adventure film, for an exclusive interview.
Opening up about her experience of working on Brahmastra, Rashi says, “It has been a life-changing experience. Brahmastra is one of the biggest films to come out of Indian cinema and being a part of it is a milestone for me. Brahmastra was the first movie that I signed when I began my acting career five years ago, so I have definitely seen my growth through the process. I got to experience Bollywood in all its grandeur for the first time and that will always be special.”
Rashi, who has always admired director Ayan Mukerji's work, reveals why she agreed to do the film. “I did the film because of the team. The thought behind saying yes was the fact that I would get to be in the same room as the best in the country. Alia and Ranbir are brilliant actors, and they are doing some of the best work. Who wouldn’t want the experience of working with these exceptional artists? Your own game gets elevated when you are surrounded by talented people.”
She further adds that she was never made to feel like a newcomer during the shoot. Sharing her experience of working with Alia and Ranbir, Rashi gushes, "It was an absolute pleasure. Both of them were welcoming. My first meeting with them was at Ayan’s house. Ranbir got coffee for everyone, and Alia greeted me with a warm hug. Our on-set camaraderie was also brilliant. Ranbir would joke around with everyone, and Alia and I would talk about everything from trivia to food to online retail therapy."
Over the last few days, netizens have been trending #BoycottBrahmastra on social media. Reacting to the backlash, Rashi shares, “I am not disturbed by it because there will always be something outside of us that we cannot control. All we can do is deliver the best and then leave it to fate. Bollywood and films are an intrinsic part of who we are as Indians. That has not changed and is not going to change anytime soon. I believe the film will find its place based on its own merit.”
Rashi adds, “I think 'cancel culture' as a whole is so harmful, not just for Bollywood but to everyone. We are all just doing our best. Sometimes fumbling, perhaps, but always well-intentioned. That is the whole human experience. That is what brings growth. I think this boycott trend is unfair to those who have poured their sweat and blood into the film for years, all for the love of cinema and to entertain the audience. Just for that, I request the naysayers to give the movie a fair chance, to go watch it and then make an opinion.”