Inkaar actress and National Award winner Ritika Singh reveals, ‘After my debut film Saala Khadoos, there were tough times when people forgot me and I was under financial pressure’
Ritika Singh won national award for his first film sala khadus No Hindi project was taken till the script of in the car came his way. free press journal caught up with him for an exclusive chat.
The actress has opened up about how it wasn’t easy waiting for so long before signing in the car, Ritika shared, “It was a testing time for me after my first film. There was a whole lot of financial pressure that came into the picture. People had also forgotten me. There have been times when I was indecisive about signing a project but my gut told me to wait. It also took a toll on my mental health. I never wanted to be an actor, I wanted to continue in martial arts which I do with my father and represent India. But, I love being in front of the camera.”
Ritika plays a girl who is picked up by random men in their car. When asked if she has an inclination towards mentally taxing roles, she revealed, “Naturally, I am a very happy and relaxed person. I also want to play happy and jolly characters. My last film was a Tamil rom-com in which I played a fun-loving girl, but I want to do more of them. But, the funny thing is, I got darker roles.”
Playing such a character comes with social responsibility. On this, the actress says, ‘When I met my director (Harsh Vardhan), I was very impressed with him and his sensibilities. A script like this written by a man is a feat in itself. He has that kind of emotional depth so I could trust him blindly. In fact, he showed so much faith in me that he didn’t even audition me for the role. He was sure about me. Ironically, I played a boxer in my first film and in the carI play this vulnerable woman who is trapped with these men.
She further adds, “For this role, I did not give any back story to any of the characters. I wanted to be in the moment and go situationally. We also shot the film in chronological order, which helped me progress through it. With each passing day, I kept building my feelings. I am a woman first so I am very passionate about this project.
Sharing further on carrying the goods of national award, she says, “The only pressure I feel is when people meet me and tell me that they look forward to my films as I mainly work in Tamil and Telugu. They give me recognition that if it is my film then it will be good. So, I feel responsible in that sense but nothing beyond that. I just want to feel satisfied doing one film.
in the car Today it has been released in theaters across the country.
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