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Ultimate form of storytelling in the arts is cinema: Ishaan Khatter

On the closing day of the 10th Jagran Film Festival, the young actor spoke about his love for cinema and his experiences of working in the industry thus far.

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The final day of the 10th Jagran Film Festival left the capital city charmed by the antics of the young and energetic actor, Ishaan Khatter. In conversation with film critic Rajeev Masand, Khatter spoke about his influences, the experience of working on two very different films - Beyond The Clouds (2018) by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi and the mainstream film Dhadak (2018), which marked the debut of Janhvi Kapoor. 

Talking about the unconventional decision of choosing Majidi’s film as his debut, Khatter said, “It was an instinctive decision, not a strategic one. I am a lover of cinema and had seen Majidi’s work…It’s very difficult to get a master filmmaker and such a layered character as mine was in the film.” Speaking about the anxiety that he must have felt about his first film, he said, “It felt like a beautiful start. I was already very satisfied with working on the film with Majidi. I’m very satisfied with my first film.” He also expressed his gratitude towards Karan Johar who allowed him to work in Dhadak despite having planned a huge launch for what eventually became his second film. 

During the conversation it was also revealed that he is a cinephile, attending many film festivals and watching films from all over the world. He also spoke about how films had informed him, especially his brother Shahid Kapoor’s films, as he was on the sets of one of his films and was mesmerised watching the team work. He even assisted on Udta Punjab (2016) and counted Jab We Met (2007), Kaminey (2009), Haider (2014) and now Kabir Singh (2019) as being some of his favourite films that his brother acted in. 

Elaborating on his love for cinema, the actor said, “Storytelling is perhaps ingrained in my blood. I’m always finding a way of telling a story through what I am doing,” adding that he does not take his privileges lightly, “I am very lucky to have grown up in a household with the arts and I think that the ultimate form of storytelling in the arts is cinema.”

Flooring his female fans, who had flocked to the venue to catch a glimpse of him, Khatter, on the audience’s insistence also performed a few steps from a popular song from Dhadak. The self-assured actor is raring to go with oodles of charisma and enthusiasm and we hope that we see more of his work in the coming years.

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