Published On: February 21, 2020 01:50 PM NPT By: Agencies

'Thappad' not a male-bashing film: Pavail Gulati

'Thappad' not a male-bashing film: Pavail Gulati



At the outset, ‘Thappad’ appeared a "one-sided" story to actor Pavail Gulati who was unsure about taking up the social drama. But the actor boarded the Anubhav Sinha directorial after he realized that the film addresses a larger issue such that of the normalization of domestic violence.

Pavail, best known for web series such as ‘Made in Heaven’ and ‘Ghost Stories’ and TV show ‘Yudh’, featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, stars opposite Taapsee Pannu in ‘Thappad’. In the upcoming film, Taapsee essays the role of an educated, upper middle-class woman who is forced to take stock of her relationship after being slapped by her husband, played by Pavail.

"Looking at the one-line of the film about a husband who hits his wife and the story goes on from there, I was a little reserved about being a part of it. It felt like a one-sided story but when I started reading the script, I was sure I wanted to do it.

"It's a well-written script which shows both points of view. This is very rare in films as we often prioritize one part and show it as good and bad. It is not a male-bashing film. It is a balanced film. The film is about a relationship between a couple and the social dynamics around them," the actor told PTI in an interview.

Pavail said it was challenging to play this role because he couldn't relate to it. "It was difficult to play this part because I was not brought up this way. I had to think of the reasons why my character is behaving this way. It was difficult to justify what I was doing. Anubhav Sinha sir guided me a lot. The idea was that people should relate with the part.

"We want people to come to theatres, especially men and think if they have done something like this or taken things for granted. Normalizing a slap has been done for the longest time in our lives, now let's normalize talking about it. People are shy to talk about it. Let's go one step at a time. Let's chat and debate about it," he said.

This is Pavail's first lead role and he said he was waiting for the right opportunity to come his way. He revealed that it was his "Ghost Stories" director Anurag Kashyap who broke the news to him. "I had been doing such roles for the longest time and I believe there is a role that is made for you and you just do it. This film happened very quickly. I tested for it and then flew to London to shoot 'Ghost Stories'.

"Anubhav sir saw my test and liked it. He had spoken to Anurag sir as the dates of this film were clashing with 'Ghost Stories'. Anurag sir broke the news of 'Thappad' to me. They both tried to change my dates and it all worked out." On the release of the trailer, ‘Thappad’ was being considered an answer to ‘Kabir Singh’ by many on social media.


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