Hey Hey Hey! Guess who joins me on #BlabWithSandy? It’s the ever charming, ever bubbly, and one of the most down to earth person that I blabbed with, okay wait! I am saying all this because I had a blab with her. Let me give you a chance to read her blab, and I am sure you too would have the same views on her by the end of this interview.
By the way, I didn’t tell you who joins me right? Rukshar Dhillon it is! 🙂 Let’s wait no further and dive into our conversation:
Sandy: Hello Rukshar! How have you been? Finally, we get to connect.
Rukshar: Hey Sandeep! Yes. 🙂
Sandy: Could you throw some light on your background?
Rukshar: I was born in the UK, but I did not live there. We’d moved to Goa. I am a Punjabi and majority of my life was in Goa due to my father’s business. We moved to Bengaluru during my 10th.
I completed my graduation in Arts and Fashion Designing. Acting was never on the list. Not even during my teenage days. My main aim in life was to become a chef. I was with the Oberois for a program which was three-four months long.
Guess what? I was never interested in modelling too! But, somehow it got attracted to me, ha-ha.
I got to lead a commercial for Kalyan Silks in the Kannada advertisement industry. Post which, I got quite a few commercials coming my way.
Sandy: Interesting! So, how did films beckon you?
Rukshar: While modelling, I got a lot of film offers. I started my acting career with a Kannada film called Run Antony. My first in Tollywood was Akatayi. After which, there were some bad offers. I did not have problem in waiting. I was rather utilizing the time by working on myself.
I never learnt acting as a craft. In between the process of my debut film and the other ones, I learnt a lot about acting. I took part in workshops and did theatre. I have a few friends who are into it and I imbibed quite a few things about acting.
Sandy: After your debut Tollywood film, there was a little gap until you got the biggie in the form of Nani’s Krishnarjuna Yudham. How easy or difficult was the wait? And, share some experiences of working with Nani.
Rukshar: Yes! There was a little gap, but as I said, I made sure that I use the time for improving my game. I had no knowledge as in how the industry works. My management agency helped me out with the right kind of offers. After my initial set of films, I bagged the lead role opposite Nani in Krishnarjuna Yudham.
I feel happy to have worked with Nani as I learnt a lot during the making of the film. He used to give me certain cue points whilst shooting and they indeed helped me. He is extremely over expressive yet subtle at the same time. That’s a rarity. He is a great guy and easy to talk to, “natural” I would say! 🙂
Quick Shot Round:
- Love: It’s about being selfless
- Your biggest regret in life: I should have done something related to baking. I love to bake. I took my preliminary course in Hotel Management, so yeah!
- You get stuck in a lift and can have two people accompanying you in it. Who would those two be? Hmmmm, interesting. I would say, Vicky Kaushal and Sunny Kaushal, the Kaushal brothers 🙂
- If were to be stuck in an Island and can tag along only three things with you. What would those be? Good food, music system and an umbrella
- If a book was to be written on your life, what would it be named? I never thought so deep ya! Ha-ha! Long way to go for it but since you’ve asked, Hmmm! ‘Balance of Emotions and Independence’?
- What angers Rukshar the most? When someone disrespects someone
- One good thing and one bad thing about the film industry: Good part is, casting new people is happening a lot nowadays. Luck and other things are needed but still, casting directors are looking out for freshness.Talking about the bad thing, I guess a lot of people get their chances through their channel. It’s all agency based now. I feel good that I connected with the right people at the right time. Not many get to know how to channelize their network. It will be great if they could get to know about it!
- Favorite genre: Romance and Thriller
- When idle, what do you indulge in? I watch films 🙂
- App that you use the most: Instagram
- If you were to remake a superhero film and play a role, which one would it be? I love Game of Thrones and it’s a great fiction-based show. I would like to play Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen
Sandy: Let’s blab about your latest film ABCD: American Born Confused Desi. A few snippets about your role.
Rukshar: I play a proper Indian girl, salwar suit wali. 🙂 I wear a bindi in the whole film and it’s a desi appearance. The character that I play is of an Indian, who is very strong minded, and belongs to a middle-class family.
She strives to earn for herself and plays a crucial part in reforms this guy who comes from abroad. She helps in bringing a positive change to his ideas towards life.
My character reforms the American guy into a Desi guy. You can say I make him more Dildaar, ha-ha-ha!
Sandy: Wow! How was it working with Allu Sirish? What can the audience expect from the film?
Rukshar: He has a great energy and is always enthusiastic, on the edge. Even though I was confident, there were couple of occasions wherein I forgot my dialogues.
During such incidents, Sirish used to capture it on a camera, make weird faces and have fun.
ABCD is all about entertainment. It is a cute love story. It depicts the small but important things that a person goes through while in love.
It showcases the value of relations. ABCD is a story which that most can connect to!
It has some great music and a great message. Even though one may be living abroad but still, feelings are rooted to your homeland.
Sandy: You are soon making your Bollywood entry this year. What else in in the pipeline?
Rukshar: Bhangra Paa Le it is! 🙂 I am shooting for it currently with Sunny Kaushal. It has an amazing cast and crew. It is Ronnie Screwvala’s production while Sneha Taurani directs the film. Really excited about it.
It is a dance film and you know why I am damn excited about it? I never got to dance in any of my films in the past. In ABCD, I hardly have a dance sequence which is just about 30 seconds. But in Bhangra Paa Le, you will see me grooving and dancing to the music a lot more.
Apart from it, I am having a couple of offers in Tollywood. Will keep you posted. 🙂
Sandy: I am excited for Bhangra Paa Le too! Why? Because it has Akarsh Khurana and Mark Bennington attached to it, it’s about dance and, the main thing is, it has you in it!! Ha-ha, September 13th it is!!! 🙂
All the best for the film. Anything that you would like to convey to the readers and your fans?
Rukshar: Ha-ha! Thank you. I always want to thank them for encouraging me. I keep receiving many messages, but I can’t interact with all of them.
Though I only did South films till now, I feel happy to have people from all corners following and loving my work. I get so excited when I see such sweet responses from them and it is indeed overwhelming!
Please go and watch ABCD: American Born Confused Desi at the theatres from 17th May. 🙂
Sandy: A few words about Hyderabad Local.
Rukshar: I keep seeing your stuff and it’s so creative. I think you should get hold of a management agency yourself Sandy. 🙂 Keep going and all the best to you!
I hope you get what you want. By the way, what is it that you want to be? You write, you act, you dance, you host shows, and?
What else? Ha-ha!
< This marks the end of the interview. Tears rolling down my eyes. Never did anyone ask me about what I want to be or what’s next that I am wanting to achieve. Oh my god! Tears are not stopping> 🙂
Editor’s note: Jokes apart, it’s pleasure knowing Rukshar Dhillon. She has walked her film journey with grit and courage. With each step, she has won the hearts of cinema lovers. Wishing Rukshar a blissful cinematic journey ahead! 🙂
Interview by Sandy (Sandeep Rao)