‘By the time the shooting ended, we stopped counting the bruises on Pari!’ : says Dibakar Banerjee about the violent on-screen relationship that Arjun and Parineeti share in the film

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Produced and directed by Dibakar Banerjee’s, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar (SAPF), will present Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra as enemies. For the off-screen close friends and much loved on-screen Ishaaqzaade couple, this was an absolutely new experience.

Dibakar reveals, “It was Arjun vs Parineeti on the sets of SAPF for most of the days. They have done the typical romantic films together where there’s what we call in Bollywood ‘choreography’. SAPF wasn’t choreographed. We rehearsed the basic moves and then just went for it.”

He further adds, “Male violence against the woman is something we all know pretty well in the subcontinent. It’s also used often to gloat and used as prurient male-gaze click-baits while promoting a film. We wanted the violence between them to be real which meant that they really had to hit each other which became a big problem because they are old buddies and the fact that Arjun is really very gentle.”

Dibakar said that Arjun was committed to bring the animosity alive on screen and Pari dived deep into the character to ensure that the violence, though excruciating for her body, was necessary. The talented director says, “He’s double Pari’s size and has hands like sledgehammers. By the time the shooting ended, we stopped counting the bruises on Pari. So did she. But I love the shot where she slaps Arjun back. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that one.”

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is a raw and edgy thriller and is set to be released on March 19. It is being distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films.


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