Tara Sutaria, an endless love story

Tara Sutaria looks like the cutest kid on the block. It is therefore a surprise to see her play a femme fatale in Tadap. It’s not something you expect from a Disney heroine. Yes, Tara grew up as a child artist and her most famous series were Disney’s The Suite Life Of Karan & Kabir (2012) and Oye Jassie (2013). She got her first role as an adult in the teen drama Student Of The Year 2 (2019). Tara, who is also a trained singer, ironically played a mute girl in Marjaavaan (2019), her second release. We will see her alongside her colleague “Student” Tiger Shroff in Heropanti 2 and in the thriller Ek Villain Returns. She talks nineteen out of twelve about Tadap and what the movies mean to her. Make way for the talented actor…

How did you manage to land Tadap? Was there a lot of discussion before getting the film?
I was shooting for a brand in Chennai and got a call. I think Mr. Sajid Nadiadwala wanted to meet me for another film. I went to the office and met Milan Luthria sir and Ahan Shetty for the first time. I was handed a printout of a scene from The Dirty Picture, which is one of the Milan Sir films that I really like. He kind of asked me to read it with Ahan and we casually played it. That was quite right and Sajid sir also acknowledged that. Milan sir and Sajid sir said that they are remaking the cult South movie RX 100. I had heard so much about the movie and watched it many times. I loved the intensity of the story. So that’s how it happened. I immediately said yes and we immediately started the workshops and a few days later we started shooting the film.

What was the most intriguing part of your character in Tadap?
I think it’s just such an unusual role. Anyone who’s seen the RX 100 knows what I’m talking about. And for those who haven’t, it will be a nice twist and a nice surprise. It was something different for me to do at the start of my career. It was interesting to play someone who has so much more than what we’re used to seeing in the movies here. It’s just fun and exciting for me to explore a million different shades for a character rather than just two or three that are generic.

Tell us about your dynamic with Ahan?
There was comfort and understanding from the start and especially in a movie like this I think that’s really important because if it hadn’t been there things would have been difficult for both of us. . We also had the opportunity to do tons of workshops and get to know each other better through rehearsals. We shot this movie in Mussoorie and Rishikesh. You get to know a person better when you travel with them. So those things helped us a lot. It was great.

What do love and passion mean to you?
I am a Scorpio. Love is everything to a Scorpio. This is the reason for everything. It sounds corny, but I literally live for love and love romance stories. I connect with films like Tadap, where there is heartache, tragedy and passion aplenty.

You were also part of Marjaavaan which was also an action thriller…
Marjaavaan was very different from Student Of The Year 2 and Tadap is different from both. Mr. Milan gave him a pan-Indian approach. I think this film will appeal to people of all ages because some of these emotions that we have shown in the film have been experienced by everyone at some point in their lives. My character in Tadap has a million different women in her. Whereas in Marjaavaan, my character was a mute girl, she communicated by sign language, she was very simple, very gentle. But in Tadap there is much more for her.

Tara Sutaria

You are very young but you have been there for a very long time, because you were a child artist earlier. What has been the biggest learning and unlearning for you so far?
I also did a lot of theater and TV work for Disney. People seem to think acting on stage, acting in film and acting on television are completely different, but I basically think acting is the same no matter where you do it. I have the greatest respect for theater actors and I’m so grateful that I got to do this for so many years before I started my film career. The biggest learning is to be acutely aware and non-delusional of your skills, first as a human being, then as an actor. It is important in our work, where there are thousands of exceptionally talented and beautiful people, to know where you are and how you can grow. It is important to no longer view this as competition and instead view it as a time of inclusivity. I think my apprenticeship was that. Unlearning would probably mean ceasing to be so anxious about the novelty of work. I think there is a lot of novelty because I am new to the world of cinema. I used to be very anxious about not knowing things, not knowing people. I think I’m much better now, much more comfortable in my position and in my space.

What do you think of the audience shift to the OTT platform?
The OTT platform has opened up a whole new level of storytelling for us. The culture of our country is carried by Bollywood and theatrical releases. But it’s fantastic what the various OTT channels have achieved in such a short time. During the pandemic, there’s been nothing better for all of us than to sit back and relax and watch something we love on OTT. The change has been great and I look forward to even more amazing content.

Are you afraid of being stereotyped?
I care a lot about history. I like intensity and passion and love stories. This kind of stuff really appeals to me. I prefer to do something that instantly appeals to me when I read the story. I’ve recently noticed the pattern in the things I choose. And I’m dying to do a bunch of other stuff. In fact, I have a few announcements coming up that are very exciting and different from what I’m doing right now.

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