The actor calls his character an unlikely hero, one that will take up a feminist cause
By Mayur Lookhar
Conventional wisdom calls for sticking to one’s strengths, boundaries. However, a true artiste is one who is willing to discover him/herself when placed in an unlikely scenario. In his decade long career, Singh has played few varied characters, but we’ll being seeing him in an altogether different avatar in Jayeshbhai Jordaar.
Singh, who was much appreciated for playing a Gujarati character in an e-ticketing portal TV commercial [makemytrip.com], plays his maiden Gujarati character on the big screen with Jayeshbhai Jordaar.
Ranveer Singh has called it ‘a miracle script’ that is penned by debutant writer-director Divyang Thakkar.
After playing the brawny Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat , Singh sported a neat physique in Gully Boy , But with Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Singh appears to have shed more more kilos to play this scrawny looking Jayeshbhai.
What stands out is the simple hairdo, grainy moustache, the broad collared printed (polka dot) T-shirt, and the plain cotton trouser. May be not in the cities, but you’d find plenty of Gujarati men in small towns still sporting such a look. It’s hard to take your eyes of Singh as this true blue Gujarati chokra [boy].
What is intriguing in the poster is that Jayeshbhai appears to be protecting the women behind, all of them dressed in traditional clothing and perhaps subdued by patriarchy. The film is perhaps based on women empowerment. Jayeshbhai is arguable the most ordinary man played by Singh ever. He was poor in Gully Boy, but blessed with singing talent.
In his own words, called Jayeshbhai an unlikely hero.
“As Charlie Chaplin once said, ‘To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!’. Jayeshbhai is an unlikely hero – an ordinary man, who ends up doing something extraordinary when he’s hurled into a threatening situation. Jayeshbhai is sensitive and compassionate. He believes in equal rights between men and women in a society that is deeply rooted in patriarchal ideals, practices and doctrines,” Singh said in a statement.
He adds, “Jayeshbhai presented an exciting challenge – to deconstruct myself in order to transform into a kind of character I’ve never inhabited before.”
The versatile actor heaped praise on his director. “Divyang has poured his soul into this brilliant piece of writing that will nudge you to introspect whilst making you smile and laugh the entire time,” he says.
The film is being produced by Yash Raj Films discovery Maneesh Sharma, who unearthed Divyang.
No release date is announced yet but the film is expected to roll on the floor in 2020.