Arjun, for you it must have been good fun to have someone like Chitrangda as a co-star and that too in a film with a theme like this, isn't it?
The very fact that Sudhir (Mishra) and Chitrangda have a very good tuning with each other made it all the more worth it. While that would have made her comfortable from Day One of the film's shoot, I spent a lot of time with Sudhir so that we could exchange notes and get familiar with each other as well as the script. As for Chitrangda, she is very fine performer. She has played the character of Maya to the T.
Her transition to a glam woman would have helped as well?
Well, the film is not about her turning glam or being all cool and charming. We have tried not to make this while set up as unreal, either through looks, persona or act. That's what I liked about Chitrangda; she really got it all right and played it real. Sudhir and she really pushed the envelope hard to make sure that there wasn't any conventional or predictable that played on screen.
How about the film as a whole? I understand that it goes into a lot of back and forth mode.
Yes, this is such a non-linear film that we really had to ensure that the transition points didn't become confusing for the audience. We had to make the narrative engaging and commercial. This is where a film's win likes because if audience is engaged in a subject and starts participating in the banters, more than half the battle is already won. This is what happens in the film as they would keep thinking who is right - Rahul or Maya.
While one waits to gain an answer on that, how does Arjun Rampal fit into the corporate world of 'Inkaar'?
(Smiles) Well, I do play someone who is charismatic, always carries a smile on his face and is a blue eyed boy in the company. He has been around for 10 years and even when he is throwing an argument, he does it with certain amount of flair. There are subtle nuances in the character and from the performance point of view, this film gives him a lot of to do. You will find him in different moods in different points in life but he is never all that serious. He would always carry a smiling persona.
So other than bringing on the smiles and exploring the core concept of sexual harassment in reel life, what have you come to realise as a man in real life?
The fact that when a woman comes into the work environment, she is anyways multi- tasking due to so many other personal requirements that she is fulfilling. A man needs to be sensitive towards that. In fact I remember Chitrangda coming with a nice pointer that why does a woman need to come to the work atmosphere and try to be a man? Or for that matter why can't a man accept a woman as the way she is? Moreover there are also situations where a woman turns highly emotional in a conflicting environment. So it turns out to be a double edged sword. All of this and more have been explored in 'Inkaar'.