Arjun Kapoor

In the first glimpse of his character from “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar,” Arjun Kapoor sports a buzz-cut typical of police recruits and looks every bit the heartland policeman. (photo provided)

MUMBAI— Known for pushing the envelope with his cinema, Dibakar Banerjee is presenting Arjun Kapoor in an all-new avatar. In the first glimpse of his character from “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar,” Kapoor sports a buzz-cut typical of police recruits and looks every bit the heartland policeman in this film, in which he plays a 30-year-old police constable.

Kapoor has spent extensive time prepping for this role under the supervision of Banerjee. He interacted with police recruits across all ranks in both the Delhi Police and Haryana police and also visited a training academy to witness all that goes into the making of a heartland cop.

Said Kapoor, “Playing a cop has always been considered cool in Hindi films. But in a Dibakar Banerjee film, a cop is realistic and yet unique. It’s that dichotomy and still standing out that makes this role all the more exciting. Dibakar is very specific about the look of his characters. We worked on it for a long time before he decided that this is the look he wants. From my mustache to my haircut to the freckles on my face to make my character look like a cop and yet blend with his environment reflects just how much Dibakar has imagined him and his world to be. I’m looking forward to the first day of the shoot.”

Kapoor also took up cadet training in Delhi-NCR to get a hands-on experience. Rising early, hours of exercise in the heat and a strict diet besides staying alone in a room were a part of his prep. Balancing physical training and meetings with real cops and the director left Kapoor dehydrated, so much so that he had to rest for one day and heal himself. “My character is very real. So, you would feel, ‘Oh, I can bump into someone like him in any situation.’” Kapoor told a newspaper.

On the final day of his prep, Kapoor and Banerjee spent a day trailing the staff of a busy police station in central Delhi. This not only left Kapoor “stretched and tired” but it also taught him the invaluable nuances and details of a police officer’s life.

“Before physical strength, anybody who is in a uniform needs mental strength. Their love for their job is tremendous,” he said.

Produced by Yash Raj Films, “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar” also stars Parineeti Chopra. The film will release on Aug. 3, 2018.

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