Ronit Roy who was last seen in cinema as Arjun Kapoor's autocratic dad in 2 States is back on the large-screen with Anurag Kashyap's Ugly where Ronit says he has a complex and tough role.
The film was delayed for nearly two years, as Kashyap got embroiled in a squabble with the censor board over the anti-smoking statutory warning.
Ronit Roy stands by his director. "It was an ideological fight, and Anurag's fight continues. But for the sake of the film which has been suffering while Anurag fought his battle with the censor board, he decided to let the statutory warning remain. Luckily the film has not suffered because of the delay in release. That's because the plot of Ugly is not time-bound. It is as timeless as Udaan."
Ronit enjoyed the experience of working with Anurag. "I've worked in an Anurag Kashyap production Udaan. But I had not been directed by Anurag before. So I was very excited. He adopted a unique method of working. He didn't give any of the actors a script. I was a bit puzzled. When I'd call to ask Anurag about the script he wouldn't listen. 'Just come on the set on Monday and we'll see,' he said. I kept asking Vikramaditya Motwane (the Udaan director) what was this unique method of working?"
On the appointed day of shooting, Anurag gave Ronit the scene for the day. The actor refused to read the scene. "I told Anurag now that there was no script I'll leave the shooting entirely to him. Throughout the shooting I was a little boy that Anurag guided through the film."
A methodical actor by every reckoning, Ronit says this unique way of working worked for him. "Throughout the shooting all of us in the cast kept discovering new reserves of energy and self-expression. It was a totally unique experience."
Ronit feels the audience is ready for the raw and real. "Ugly has a stunning story to tell. Anurag has no ego on the sets. He only thinks about the film."
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