Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi has crossed Rs 200 crore mark worldwide, earning critical acclamation and is also turning out of be one of the biggest hits of 2018. The success of the film has left Amruta Khanvilkar, who played a pivotal role in it, in a happy mood. The actress says, “It gives me immense pleasure to be part of a film which has got both critical acclaim and the numbers. The performance of not just the lead but secondary cast has been appreciated too. Each one of us has lifted the film in our own way. Raazi has given me everything; I got to work with a dream team, Dharma Productions and actors like Alia Bhatt.”
Post Raazi, Amruta is gearing up for another project in the realistic zone. She plays an important role in Milap Zaveri’s Satyameva Jayate, an action thriller starring John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee. The film is set to release on August 15 and the trailer will be out in the next few days. Amruta, who plays Manoj’s wife in the film, says, “The film sounds serious but the kind of fun we had on the set was absolutely amazing. Milap is a such lovely and jovial person. It was great working with Manoj sir. He plays a cop in the film, but when he comes home, he has an extremely lovable side to him. My character is of a very strong woman and she is a mirror reflection of her husband. I cannot reveal anything beyond this.”
She adds that it’s just a coincidence that both her films in 2018 have a patriotic feel. “It just so happened that I became part of these two extremely important and strong films which are patriotic in nature. I have also got to work with some talented powerhouse actors like Manoj sir, John, Alia and Meghna. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than this,” she quips.
An established name in Marathi films, Amruta has played important roles in films like Baji, Welcome Zindagi, Shaala and Katyar Kaljat Ghusali. But she has no qualms playing supporting roles in Bollywood. She explains, “In Marathi films, I have done the song and dance routine. I don’t want to be dolled up and dance which will fetch me a few scenes and a song. It does not excite me anymore. What excites me is the character I am playing. I want to do strong women driven roles.”
Does that mean she is going to take a break from Marathi industry? The actress says, “Not at all. My motto for Marathi films, this year, is to play ‘Amruta Khanvilkar in and as’. I will not settle for anything less than that.”
Besides television and films, Amruta has dabbled in the web too. Her debut web series Damaged is currently streaming live on Hungama Play. In the psychological crime drama, the actress is a playing a female serial killer. She says that it felt good to play such a flawed character. “Everyone is flawed and everyone has a dark side. But most of us explore it within the parameters of the society we live in. Lavina, my character, is a completely no-guilt person and she flaunts the fact that she is flawed. I believe in goodness, so she was an unrealistic character for me to play. I felt a little depressed and lonely after playing Lavina,” says Amruta.
But she believes that as an artist, one shouldn’t restrict oneself to a certain medium, language or nationality. “You just need to do good work wherever you go. What matters to me is what I am doing in that particular project. If I am contributing to the project and vice versa, I am happy doing it,” says the actress, who recently hosted a dance reality show on television.