When Sonam Kapoor was roped in for Raanjhanaa, one of the pre-conditions set by director Aanand L. Rai was for her to attend certain acting workshops with theater actors. Now for her next film for which she begins shooting soon, Dolly Ki Doli, it would be back to the grind for the actress who saw some good critical acclaim coming her way for her performance in Raanjhanaa.
"Yes, Sonam would be attending an elaborate acting workshop for Dolly Ki Doli," informs a source, "In fact she would be joined by the principle cast of the film that includes Pulkit Samrat, Rajkumarr Rao and Varun Sharma (of Fukrey fame). First time director Abhishek Dogra has planned this schedule for his lead cast so that all is well in order before they arrive on the sets."
The film, which is set in North, would be shot across multiple locations in and around Delhi. Most importantly for Sonam, who has a central role in the film, it was all the more imperative that she adapts to the various culture, lingo, tone and theme of the cities where she would be stepping her feet in.
"I basically believe in rehearsing for three takes for a shot before going on the sets. That saves a lot of time for the crew when you have done your research as an actor. Such workshops help then," he says, "Moreover, I and Sonam are working together for the first time. It is going to be very exciting to be sharing the screen space with her."
For Rajkumarr, an accomplished actor himself, this workshop would only bring him closer to the world of hardcore commercial setting.
For producer Arbaaz Khan, who is stepping out of the comfort zone of Dabangg, it is going to be an altogether different and unexplored world in Dolly Ki Doli.
"Yes, we have planned workshops for the film," says Arbaaz, "In fact we begin with joint readings and then move on to the workshop. Once we start shooting during March/April, it is going to be a non-stop schedule across different cities. Whatever adaptation to the script and the plot had to be done, it has to be now."