In this interview, Rakul Preet Singh discusses her new film Doctor G, and how fortunate she has been to perform in such a wide variety of roles. This has been an extremely fruitful year for Rakul Preet Singh. Three of her films have already been released, and she has two more scheduled for this month alone. Doctor G, a social comedy, opens in theaters this Friday as the first of these.
The actor sat down with Hindustan Times for an exclusive interview in which she discussed the film, her career, and the recent popularity of south Indian films in the north. The plot of Doctor G, which also features Shefali Shah and Ayushmann Khurrana, centers on a male doctor who finds himself in the stereotypically female field of gynecology.
Dr. Fatima, a female medical student at UP, is portrayed by the actor. She also claims she had to enroll in a number of gynecological and diction courses in preparation for the part. It was a blast coming up with Dr. Fatima. Due to the peculiarity of her speech, diction training was required. Our diction training lasted roughly a month. As well as gynecology lessons to learn the lingo and syntax of an OT.
A gynecologist worked with us for four to five days so that we wouldn’t forget the names of our tools or how to carry a newborn. Whether you end up using that in the film or not, you should still thoroughly prepare for it because you never know when you’ll need to use anything in a scene. The presence of a dynamic on set helped ensure that everyone was using the correct pronouns and grammatical constructions.
The whole thing was incredibly thrilling to be a part of. According to Rakul, even though Doctor G touches on the taboo topic of gynecology, the show is nonetheless appropriate for everyone in the family to watch. What a lovely script they’ve created. We mean no intent of being moralistic. What we mean is simply that your sexuality and your level of competence should not be considered when choosing a career path.
For the most part, I think most people would agree with that. Statistics show that some of the top gynecologists in the country are male, but some women still feel uncomfortable opening up to male doctors. And that’s why we maintain that your gender makes no difference to your credibility. If you want to watch this movie with your parents, I promise it won’t be offensive to either of you, she assures you.
Rakul thinks the recent success of story-driven films is proof that the cliche “script is king” holds true. She explains, “This moment is the best example of how many films have worked despite not having the celebrity draw. The premise and tale, however, are what really caught people’s attention and helped elevate the lesser-known actors to prominence. Ayushmann and Rajkummar Rao are two examples of actors who didn’t start out in the film industry but managed to find success with their first feature movie.
However, Rakul acknowledges that there are lessons to be learned from Bollywood’s recent struggles to embrace change. She explains that the screenplay is the main hero in movies these days and that everyone knows it. Since filmmaking has to adapt to the times, newer films are being made all the time. It’s a work in progress, and we’re learning as we go.
All five of this year’s publications from her span a variety of genres. Referring to herself as “lucky” to have so many options, she says she couldn’t be happier. She says, “I try to do new things because I want to feel energized every time I get up at 5 o’clock in the morning to go on a shoot. Yet, given that I have to make do with what I’m given, I suppose I should count my lucky stars that these movies came my way.
But, of course, I crave uniqueness. So, Runway 34 was not at all like Cuttputlli, and Doctor G is not like Thank God, which is in an entirely another genre. I simply really want to keep receiving chances like these. Rakul started her career in the south and has been active in the film industry for over 15 years, appearing in films in a variety of languages.
She thinks that the time is right for movies now that linguistic barriers are thinning. The actor comments on the narrowing linguistic gap, saying, “It was destined to happen because, at the end of the day, we are all Indians and we share some basic sensibilities.” Although there are certain disparities in our histories and the states in which we were born, our underlying feelings are the same.
In my opinion, people will respond to any film as long as it has a strong emotional core. For the simple reason that every feeling is the same. Emotions such as love, fear, and grief are universal and do not depend on language. Thanks to the rise of social media and the spread of information online, those barriers no longer exist.
These days, a person from the north is viewing a film dubbed in Tamil or Telugu not because it is a film from south India, but because it is a fantastic film. The film itself is what succeeds in the end. On October 14, you may see Rakul in Doctor G, her new movie. The movie is produced by Junglee Pictures and directed by Anubhuti Kashyap, with a script by Sourabh Bhagat and Vishal Wagh.