Shraddha Kapoor cut my choti to take my Powers

 Shraddha Kapoor cut my choti to take my Powers

#2YearsOfStree: ‘Shraddha Kapoor cut my choti to take my powers,’ REVEALS Flora Saini hinting she is the ‘badi chudail’. To commemorate 2 years of one of the finest horror comedies made, Stree, BollywoodLife got in touch for an exclusive interview with Flora Saini, who payed the ghost in the film, ergo, the eponymous role, and she graciously took us through BTS trivia, her favourite memory from the sets and finally revealed the true nature of Shraddha Kapoor’s character in the movie

Today marks two years of one of the finest horror comedies made, Stree, not to mention its blockbuster status. To commemorate the occasion, BollywoodLife got in touch for an exclusive interview with Flora Saini, who payed the ghost in the film, ergo, the eponymous role. Opening up on how the makers deliberately concealed her identity prior to the film’s releases as a planned strategy, she said, “Yes, it was. I remember when the poster came out, I shared it on Instagram and I got a call from the production house, saying, ‘Please don’t disclose it,’ and I told them, ‘But I’m a part of the film. I’m not saying I’m Stree, but I’m a part of the movie and I’m very proud of being a part of any film. So at least let me put the poster and trailer.’ So, they agreed to that.”

“When I did Dabangg, it was a very small role. After that, doing a film with great actors, a lovely story, getting the title role, which I’ve never got…even then if I don’t get to talk about it since the production house told me not to, and I don’t get recognition, then what’s the point, I thought. But how much they hid it and made me wait, worked in my favour…the universe works in funny favours… as people who saw the film, both journalists and other normal people, they were so curious and wanted to know, ‘Who is this?’ So, the extent to which I was hidden, eventually worked well for me. Then I realised, no complaints at all because whatever happens, happens for the best.”

Delving into the makeup and VFX for her part, and the amount of time it took to get ready, Flora elaborated, “The method of working was so methodical that everything worked according to a timetable. The first two days, they clocked how much time it took to wear the saree and apply the dusty makeup from start to finish…I did not wear prosthetics, the rest was all VFX. So, they timed it to be an hour, and everything went as per that timetable, which is what I loved about Stree. I never experience that before. The only problem was the harness I had to hang from when we were shooting the action sequences or climax. The harness would come from under the saree, which used to fluff up the saree, and we used to shoot most my scenes at night. So, at around 5’o clock or 7’o clock I used to have my last glass of water. After that, I even had to think before drinking tea as I couldn’t go to the bathroom since I didn’t want to remove anything as putting it back was very time-consuming. Plus, when the harness would pull from under the saree to lift you up, it kind of used to hit against my rib cage, so that was one problem. But the action master was very nice and helped me a lot.”

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