Kareena Kapoor Khan wraps ‘Suspect Xer Bhakti’, detective thriller4 min read
Bollywood A-lister Kareena Kapoor Khan is marking a new phase in her glittering career with a film she calls “surprisingly different”.
Kapoor Khan has wrapped a project shot in the UK under the working title “The Buckingham Murders” directed by Hansal Mehta (“Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story”). The actor plays a detective and mother who investigates a murder in a sleepy little town in Buckinghamshire. Kapoor Khan says her character is inspired by Kate Winslet’s role in “Mer of Easttown”.
“I love ‘Mary of Easttown’ and when Hansal approached me, I said it’s something I’m really dying to do. So we molded a bit on those lines, he plays a detective cop in it,” Kapoor Khan said diversity. “It’s the first time I’ve ever dipped into it.”
About 80% dialogues are in English language and 20% in Hindi. Kapoor Khan said, “I speak Hindi fluently and I also think in Hindi because that’s what I’ve been doing all my life.” “When you are thinking in Hindi, but speaking in English, it was actually a difficult task because it was the opposite situation for the first time.”
Produced by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms and Mahana Films, the project also marks Kapoor Khan’s debut as a producer.
“I never really thought I would be a producer. But when I heard about this, and the fact that it’s very different from a regular Hindi movie… it’s a very different, take things. So I thought it would be really beautiful and different,” says Kapoor Khan. “And when Ekta and Hansal told me, ‘Since you like the script so much, why don’t you come on board as a creative producer and make some calls about what you think and put your name in it. ‘ – After much thought, I thought that if I love something so much, and it’s a character I want to play, I think it’s fun to do. This is the first time. I don’t know if I’ll do it again. But let’s see.”
Kapoor Khan has also wrapped Netflix’s Indian adaptation of Japanese author Higashino Kigo’s best-selling 2005 novel “Kahani” directed by filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, “The Devotion of Suspect X”. The cast also includes Jaydeep Ahlawat (“Underworld”) and Vijay Verma (“Darlings”). The film, which has the same name in its Indian avatar, follows a single mother and her daughter who commit a crime and a neighbor who helps them cover it up amid a police investigation. The film marks Kapoor Khan’s streaming debut.
The actor described “Suspect X’s Bhakti” as “dramatically different” and “dark and fun” from the Mehta project.
“For me, it’s very different because obviously you’re used to seeing me in mainstream movies, which have songs, dance, glamour, glamour. Both these films are amazingly different,” says Kapoor Khan.
Kapoor Khan belongs to the famous Kapoor acting clan, which includes his sister Karisma Kapoor, cousin Ranbir Kapoor, father Randhir Kapoor, late uncles Rishi and Rajeev Kapoor, late great-grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor, late grandfather Raj Kapoor and late Shami and grandfather Shami. Kapoor.
Kapoor Khan made his acting debut with “Refugee” (2000) and career highlights include “Kavi Khushi Kabhi Gham…” (2001), “Chameli” (2003), “Omkara” (2006), “Job We Met” (2007) , “3 Idiots” (2009), “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” (2015) “Udta Punjab” (2016) and “Veere Di Wedding” (2018).
Just because he wrapped up two thrillers doesn’t mean Kapoor Khan has given up Bollywood glamour. He is next in Rajesh Krishnan’s “The Crew”, with Tabu and Kriti Sanon, which began production in March.
‘The Crew’ is the film that is going to be all about gloss and glamour. And it’s a comedy chick flick heist film. It will be a Hindi masala commercial compared to ‘Bhakti’ and Hansal’s films,” said Kapoor Khan.
Kapoor Khan is married to fellow A-lister Saif Ali Khan and is a mother of two. On how he manages to balance his personal life with his thriving career, Kapoor Khan said: “It’s literally like standing on one leg, but I’m pretty good at yoga. I am also very lucky to have a husband who works in the same profession. We take turns when we have to travel,” says Kapoor Khan, adding that they are blessed to have their support staff.
“Saif was at home with the kids when I was doing Hansal, and now he is doing a film in Amritsar. And I’m at home until March. And then, he ends up staying home and then I go to ‘The Crew.’ It’s a very delicate plan, but if you plan well, I think you can achieve it,” says Kapoor Khan.
“It’s not the amount of time you spend with your children, what I’ve learned, in the five or six years I’ve been a parent, is the quality of time you give them without distraction, because children want focus from their parents, from their teachers. From their friends, that’s what they need,” says Kapoor Khan.