Pranutan Bahl: Thank God that my debut was before the pandemic
The Covid-19 crisis has disrupted the life and careers of many. And same holds true for Pranutan Bahl, who admits that the past two years have been quite disappointing. The actor, who made her acting debut with Notebook, admits that her work-related goals and plans have gone for a toss.
“Initially, it was frustrating. For me, it was like 2019 I made my debut, 2020 would be the year my second film would be out and so on, and I was feeling good. But the situation changed. I’ve to accept it. You can’t fight it out and upset yourself,” the 28-year-old adds.
The daughter of actor Mohnish Bahl reveals that she had learnt from her parents that an acting career never goes as per plan.
“They’ve told me that I’ve to be open to change and be okay with things not working out sometimes. Covid was a big shocker. But, over a period of time, you realise that it is what it is. It’s better to make peace with it,” the actor opines.
However, she feels lucky that her debut film saw the light of day before the pandemic struck.
“Thank god my debut happened before the pandemic. Now it’s even more difficult, especially with how the pandemic has panned out. There’s no surety as to when things would get back to normal. It’s all so uncertain. Theatres are functioning and opportunities have dwindled even further,” she says.
Despite the slump in movie shoots, Bahl has kept herself busy with music videos, the latest being Rona Nahi. And 2021 could also be the year when she finally would have her second film, Helmet release, something that she’s very upbeat about.
But given the scenario of cinemas, an OTT release might be on the cards. And bahl confesses she’d “not be okay with it”. However, she admits that she will have to accept whatever happens, as people cannot be endlessly waiting for cinemas to reopen.
“It’s also a question of people putting money. Films also get stale if held for too long. Of course theatrical has its own magic but OTTs should not be undermined,” she says.
Sparking rumours of a third project, the actor was recently spotted visiting filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar’s office. Not divulging much, she says, “We have a lot of meetings and we schedule a lot of things, some work out, some don’t. It’s not nice to speak about it if I’m not 100% sure.”
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