Trading comedy for complexity

After a string of comedic roles, Aparshakti plays a Kashmiri activist in the Madhavan Dhokha-directed thriller Round D Corner

Aparshakti Khurana

Ravishing as he is in the comic roles of Stree (2018), Luka Chuppi (2019) or Hum Do Hamare Do (2021), Aparshakti Khurana felt the need to change pace. That’s why when director Kookie Gulati’s Dhokha Round D Corner arrived, the actor swallowed it. The suspense thriller, also starring R Madhavan, Darshan Kumar and Khushalii Kumar, shows how a couple’s lives change the day a terrorist breaks into their home. “With Dhokha, I’m trying a different genre for the first time. I was trying to do something other than comedy for a while, but only Kookie and Bhushan Kumar [producer] trusted me,” says Khurana, who is trying out the role of a Kashmiri Terrorist.

While the film has its share of twists and turns, the actor says it’s a psychological thriller at its core, the study of the dark side of human relationships. “This [offers] a different look at human relations and its [complexities]. The theme and treatment is slightly grungy and gray. Playing a character so far out of his comfort zone meant he had to prepare thoroughly before showing up on set. He says: “I hired a coach and I worked a lot on learning the Kashmiri language. I also had to lose a few pounds to get a slim look and cut my hair short for the character.

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Garland K. Long