He may be the grandson of the legendary actor, the late Amrish Puri. But younger Vardhan Puri didn’t trust in taking the shortcut to showbiz. He stuck to his grandfather’s dictum: Prepare earlier than you get an opportunity. He commenced education early as a toddler with National Award-winning actor-director, Satyadev Dubey, who become additionally his grandfather’s mentor. “I gained an understanding of art, theatre, cinema… from him.”
His childhood is replete with reminiscences of his granddad, who become regarded to be a person of ideas. “Once my sister and I visited the set of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001). There all of us commenced fussing over us. Dadu didn’t approve of it. He desired us to grow up as ordinary children. He instructed Dadi no longer to ship us at the sets again,” he remembers. Amrish Puri, who commenced his profession at 41, in no way advocated his son Rajeev Puri to follow his footsteps. He believed showbiz changed into a mercurial global. “Dad become a marine navigator and he sailed for 10 years in the Merchant Navy. His dream become to be a businessman,” says Vardhan. Later, Rajeev began searching after his father’s commitments. “At one factor, Dadu turned into doing 10 to twelve films in a 12 months, capturing 20 hours an afternoon, balancing three shifts,” informs Vardhan. “I cherished him in Virasat, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Nayak, Mr India and Nagina. Dadu believed Waaris turned into his best paintings. I’ve but to encounter a man or woman extra vile than Dulla K Singh in Waaris,” says he.Coming lower back to Vardhan’s affiliation with Satyadev Dubey, the stalwart insisted that cinema was the second one step. The first step become theatre because it constructed the inspiration. “Preparation is absolutely what makes an actor,” says Vardhan who started doing avenue plays at the age of 8. Being a theatre enthusiast, Dubey never held commercial cinema in excessive esteem. “Dubeyji delivered me to Italian cinema like Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Cinema Paridoso (1988) as also the American drama The Shawshank Redemption (1994). I became obsessed with those films and realised the magic of cinema.”
He also educated with appearing professionals like Neeraj Kabi, Vidur Chaturvedi and Mujeeb Khan and went on to do over 90 plays. When Amrish Puri handed away in 2005, Vardhan turned into 15. After graduation, he went on to learn filmmaking. He joined Yash Raj Films and assisted Habib Faisal on Ishaqzaade and Daawat-e-Ishq and Maneesh Sharma on Shudh Desi Romance. “My guru is Aditya Chopra. Adi sir is the largest visionary within the industry,” he gushes.Ready to now face the digital camera, Vardhan is looking forward to his debut with the romantic thriller Paagal. Directed by way of close pal Cherag Ruparel, the film is co-produced through Amrish Puri Films and Jayantilal Gada. It pairs Vardhan contrary Shivaleeka Oberoi. The story and the talk were written by way of Vardhan and Cherag. Vardhan narrates how the name Paagal befell, “Yashji (Chopra) once took a tough look at me and remarked, ‘Don’t debut as a chocolate hero. You have some thing, which Shah Rukh Khan had. Play an anti-hero first after which make the transfer. Do some thing atrangi (quirky). Tujhe kuch paagal sa karna chahiye!” That commentary caught in Vardhan’s mind and he actualised the late filmmaker’s notion with Paagal.
Vardhan performs a motel management scholar inside the movie said to be at the lines of David Fincher’s Gone Girl (2014). “Based in North India, Paagal is a love tale, which is going terribly wrong. When dad heard the narration he couldn’t help crying,” he exhibits.
The assured debutant is inching in the direction of his dream with Paagal set to release soon. “It’s a blended feeling – more exhilaration much less nervousness. Just like my grandfather, I believe I’m born to entertain,” he says. “But our personalities are exceptional. Dadu reached splendid heights. I’ve my personal adventure. There’s no strain on me as such. In truth, it’s a privilege to be his grandson. It’s my identification.”