‘Jal is a complete Bollywood masala’

The movie, directed by first-timer Girish Malik, has done its rounds at various film extravaganzas, including the Busan International Film Festival. This, Kirti believes, must not paint a wrong picture of the movie.

‘It’s a myth that once a film goes for festivals, it doesn’t do well commercially. I think some recent films have changed that notion.

As far as Jal is concerned, it’s not an art film. It’s a complete Bollywood masala film, but it’s not a no-brainer,’ Kirti said.

The movie is said to have taken around three years to get a commercial release, but Kirti says the wait has been worth it.

‘I used to get nervous thinking why it’s taking so long for the release, but this film has been shot on a large canvas and it has to do with lot of graphics.

‘This film needed that much of time, but its looking very fresh and fits in today’s film. It was worth the wait,’ she added.

‘What has also impacted my film-making style is the fact that I have delved into various crafts. I was a state-level gymnast, a semi-classical, folk and jazz ballet dancer and I’ve also acted in theatre for years. I have also travelled extensively all over the world. All those experiences reflect in Jal,’ says Kulhari.

Jal also features Purab Kohli and Tannishtha Chatterjee. The film is slated to release 4 April.
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