After a less than underwhelming Mirzya, the spotlight is once again on Harshvardhan Kapoor. And this time his closest competitor is none other than sis Sonam. By a strange quirk of fate, Sonam’s Veere Di Wedding is releasing on the same day as Harsh’s Bhavesh Joshi Superhero. Quiz him on which movie the viewer should go for and pats comes the reply – Veere di Wedding. The affection for his sister is evident and it’s one of those rare moments in our conversation when he lets his guard down just a bit to crack a smile.
Harshvardhan still comes across as shy and reserved, much as he did during those promotional rounds for Mirzya though the raw energy bursts forth when he talks about his film. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane , the premise Bhavesh Joshi Superhero has made viewers curious. A group of youngsters turn vigilantes to fight corruption but find their true purpose in life when they take on the biggies in the right vs wrong battle. Along the way, Harsh’s character discovers he is destined to do things that transform him from a common man to a superhero. Sounds familiar? Well, fans have been comparing it to superhero films of Hollywood like Deadpool to urban angst films of Bollywood like Arjun and Rang De Basanti. “It’s just that when you see a man in a mask you are reminded of Deadpool or Batman. Bhavesh Joshi is a story about ordinary guys and the stand they take,” says Harsh, almost anticipating the question.
He has invested a lot in the film, even staying away from his family in a small apartment in Mumbai to get a feel and look of the character. “I have spent my entire life in Mumbai yet this film exposed me to areas I didn’t know existed. We shot in the slums, on the roads…it’s been an education,” he says. However, he is quick to point out that he is aware of his own privilege even as he plays a man from the lower economic background. “This is about people living in the real world who may not be as privileged as myself. But even I feel strongly about issues,” he says adding that the maxim of youth turning to weapons out of frustrations – a constant criticism of vigilante films - is a generalisation. “There are a lot of factors that leads to conflict in society, the economic disparity being a major one.”
Bhavesh Joshi is a film he has lived in and out and we ask him if, at any point, he has given inputs in its making given his proclivity towards writing and filmmaking. “I love writing but this film is entirely Vikram’s vision. He and Anurag (Kashyap, co-producer) know what they want,” he says. But given a chance, what kind of film would be write for himself? “Definitely something about young people and things that I have experienced myself,” he shoots back.
We will be waiting Harsh! Until then, it’s time for Krrish to take a backseat and let a super hero called Bhavesh Joshi do the job.