Rakul Preet Singh is our Cover Girl for November 2018.
Don't let her baby face fool you.
She has a strong head over her shoulders that thinks beyond her years.
2. Rakul Preet Singh
For Rakul Preet Singh, it’s important to stay the way she is. Her achievement would be that she stays the way she was when she was 18-year-old girl who started out in films. With strong views on #MeToo, she wishes something good comes of it. We chatted with her after she totally aced FHM cover shoot. Excerpts from a freewheeling interview with the actor who has managed to make a niche for herself in diverse film industries… from Hyderabad to Mumbai.
3. Most Awaited Role
The biggest news doing rounds about you is that you are going to play Sridevi in NTR’s biopic. How did you get the role?
I have a special appearance as Sridevi for about 20 minutes. I’ve known Krish, the director for a while and I remember he told me that he would like me to play Sridevi and narrated the story to me. I trust his sensibilities a lot. I am happy that I can live up to that expectation, especially because it is the first time somebody would be playing Sridevi onscreen. It’s a huge responsibility. I’d be lying if I say I’m not nervous. She’s not with us, so the amount of pressure and expectation really goes up. We had a team from Bombay to work on the look, one full day of trying the look. We’ve shot for a day now and rest will be shot in November.
Did you prepare for the role?
I watched a lot of her films from the ’80s and ’90s. I rehearsed the scenes, especially the songs. I learnt her way of talking and mannerisms.
4. Film Career So Far
When you did your first film, people anticipated that you will be playing similar roles. But you waited it out and surprised everyone with Aiyaari. Did similar kind of roles kept coming your way after the first Hindi film you did?
I finished shooting for Yaariyan, before I started shooting for my first film in Telugu. Yaariyan took a year to release. The Telugu film released three months before it and became a big hit. I got busy with films in Telugu and other regional language and decided to wait it out till something really interesting comes my way. Meanwhile, I was getting films with big stars, Allu Arjun, Ram Charan, Junior NTR. When Neeraj Pandey approached me for Aiyaari, my dates and everything else fell into place, unlike the first time we were in talks. For me, the idea is to work with people whose work I really admire. It’s the permutation combination, either the script should really exciting or a big name should be attached to the project.
5. On Fitness
You train really hard, especially for your role in Aiyaari. You also own fitness centres. Have you always been a fitness enthusiast?
I was a national level golfer in high school and trained every day. When I started modeling, it converted into working out. I train at the F45 centre, an Australian franchise. When they asked me that they are looking at expanding, I went through their business plan and I liked it. This is how I opened my first studio in Gachibowli, Hyderabad followed by one in Vishakhapatnam and another one in Hyderabad. There are three Fs of my life: films, fitness and food.
6. On Fashion
What does fashion mean to you? Are you big on following trends? What do you think about airport looks?
Fashion is comfort for me. A line needs to be drawn after the director says, pack up! There is already immense pressure on looking a certain way for the roles and our work hours are erratic. On top of that, there are airport looks to pull off. It’s too much pressure. If I have shot for 20 hours, taking a 5 am flight and still expected to look a certain way, I feel it’s inhuman.
A lot of people lose themselves because of constantly trying to be perfect. I feel imperfections are great. I am dressed casually for travel with my spectacles. I feel that they need to let the actors breathe for their sanity of mind. I was once photographed in oiled hair in Bandra, but didn’t care. That photograph is not going to change the person I am. I hope they stop papping us at airports.