Janhvi Kapoor, who is awaiting the release of her horror anthology Ghost Stories, has revealed that she is attracted to a ‘slightly tragic character’. Janhvi said that she agreed to work with Zoya Akhtar for two major reasons. One, to understand how Zoya makes her characters, and second, because she is fascinated by minor tragic characters. In a recent interview with PTI, Janhvi said, “The way Zoya sees her characters and writes them, they are grounded in reality. They are detailed and never one dimensional, she layers them in a way I don’t think many filmmakers have cracked. I wanted to be a part of this world and get to know how these characters are made. It was just curiosity. I think I am fascinated with slightly tragic characters”.
Zoya’s part features Janhvi as a nurse caring of an old woman, which is essayed by veteran actor Surekha Sikri. Janhvi said PTI, “A lot of discovering who my character was, was also about her physicality – the fact that she was a nurse, there was a certain body language. The way she would dress while working and not working dictated a lot of her intentions. She had a specific way of talking.” She also said, “Zoya asked if I speak Tamil or Telugu. I said I don’t so she asked me to do an accent. I did one, because my DoP in ‘Gunjan’ is a south Indian. Zoya was like great, lets do it.”
Ghost Stories on Netflix from January 1, 2020. In the anthology, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar have directed three other sections besides Janhvi. Produced by RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment, the ghost stories feature Gulshan Devaiah, Avinash Tiwari, Raghuveer Yadav, Sobhita Dhulipala and Pavel Gulati in lead roles.