Annes Bazmee’s multi-starrer film Mubarakan is set to make it’s television premiere this weekend. The film starring Anil Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pavan Malhotra, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty went on to become one of the loved films of 2017. Athiya hopes the same magic continues on television. “The film reached out to masses and it got a lot of love. I am happy that people loved it because it was also about the youth and relationships the older generation shares,” she says while promoting its TV premiere.
Athiya believes that the fact the film is family entertainer made it connect with the audience. “Anees sir was very clear since day one that he wanted a clean entertainment. There’s not a single scene or dialogue that will embarrass the audience. You can watch the film with the entire family because the comedy is not slapstick,” she says.
On a personal level, it’s been a learning experience for Athiya being part of Mubarakan. “It was an amazing experience working with actors like Anil Kapoor, Ratna Pathak. I used to feel that I was in a school absorbing different style of acting. Comedy is tough genre but Anil sir used to do it with so much ease. It was amazing learning from Arjun and Ileana,” she says.
Ask her how she chooses a particular script and she replies, “If I love the script, I will sign the film. Also, I need to connect and be comfortable with the director.”
There’s reports about Athiya playing a Kashmiri girl in her next, which stars Gulshan Grover, but she refuses to comment on it. The actress though maintains that by next year, she will launch her fashion line. “I would love to get into fashion industry. It’s not happening immediately, but it will happen next year,” she says before signing off.
Catch Mubarakan’s premiere on Sony Max on December 23 at 8 pm.