We round up the actors behind the finest Hindi language performances of 2021 – Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu, Sidharth Malhotra, Sanya Malhotra, Samantha Prabhu and Adarsh Gourav speak to Anupama Chopra about coping with a difficult year, scenes that tested their calibre and what's in store for them next.
Location Courtesy: JW Marriott, Juhu
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00:00 – FC brings you the much anticipated roundtable – Best Performances of 2021
00:55 – The actors pick a scene they did in 2021 that they’re proud of
15:58 – How actors deal with stardom, and still perform to their best ability
18:52 – Sanya Malhotra on getting consumed by her social media
19:42 – How authentic are the actors on social media?
21:06 – “Once a star, you’re a star” – Vicky Kaushal
22:58 – Adarsh Gourav wants to continue to prep for roles as a regular guy
27:55 – Vicky Kaushal on Adarsh’s performance in The White Tiger
28:53 – Maintaining the ‘persona’ of an actor & a star
31:27 – “We’re not bots, we’re also human beings” – Taapsee Pannu
33:34 – Samantha Ruth Prabhu on building the strength to cope with social media bashing
36:12 – Are Taapsee & Samantha working together in the future?
36:42 – Ever said no to a project because of the larger messaging behind it all?
41:57 – Where does the industry need to do more work, when it comes to gender equality?
43:28 – “With OTT, the playing field is getting equal” – Samantha Ruth Prabhu
45:08 – “I want to be the hero from the first frame” – Taapsee Pannu
46:58 – “Growing up, it was so difficult to find a female character that we could relate to” – Sanya Malhotra
47:24 – When do we come to a point where we can have a leading male actor play a supporting role in a leading female actor’s film?
48:53 – “One should be cast for their performance, not what you are offscreen” – Sidharth Malhotra
50:23 – Sanya raises a question about the stereotypical ‘hero ki girlfriend’ role
51:20 – Vicky believes in having his roles to be a mixed bag of choices
54:48 – Do the guys get offered the ‘heroine ka boyfriend’ roles?
56:01 – The comparison of an artist’s anxiety between a theatre release & OTT release
59:11 – Have you ever fallen out of love with acting?
59:30 – “As a kid, I was a compulsive liar” – Adarsh Gourav
1:00:57 – Taapsee doesn’t enjoy being on sets when she’s not convinced about something
1:01:28 – Vicky questioned his profession while watching his college peers succeed
1:02:10 – Sanya left her job as a dance teacher to move to Mumbai
1:02:52 – In 2022, I’m looking forward to…
1:08:52 – Sidharth’s curious about the Hollywood way of things