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Runway 34 – Don’t Miss The Landing

With BSc (Hons) in Mathematics model turned actress, Rakul Preet Singh is on cloud nine working with Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn in the film Runway 34

Speaking with G’day India via zoom actress Rakul Preet Singh who plays the role of Captain Tanya could not hide her excitement for the release of her upcoming film ‘Runway 34’.

What is so different about the film runway 34, how unique it is and how it is different to the film, Sully: The Miracle on the Hudson?

Runway 34 is a very different film that people will witness on Indian cinema, Indian screens—a movie based on actual events in 2015.

We picked the main story, the thread of the story from that event, took some cinematic liberties, and created the drama. But I feel it’s a very different film from what you’ve seen before.

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson is also a similar space but based on a different incident, and when people see our film, they will know how it’s different.

What attracted you to the role? Was there something challenging about it?

When I saw the script, I thought the writing was purely gripping. I was very excited that there was a genre that had not been done before.

Then I get to play a pilot who’s going through all these mixed emotions while flying the plane and later in the film, which you see in the courtroom.

The drama was challenging to take up because it’s new.

I like to do more unique things. I don’t want to keep doing the same stuff. I want to reinvent myself to learn some new skill or do something different with myself, giving me that opportunity.

I am also getting a chance to work with Amitabh Bachchan, sir, and I just saw him in the same room. I think that’s a dream come true.

Is this a bankable role for you for success at the box office?

No one can confirm the success of the box office. you cannot foresee that. We are attempting to make a good film, and I think we’ve made a good film. It’s an honest one. The rest is in the audience to watch and support.

Were there any special preparations required?

We had a couple of corporate training days, where we learned how to fly.

I remember making notes because it was tough. Suddenly, I felt like I was back in a math class, trying to make sense of all the algorithms, it’s a lot of information to digest and retain.

But it was exciting, as we had a captain on set who would make sure that we were doing the right things before every shot. He would check our language, and even our body language.

He navigated us with what the characters required us to be in the cockpit.

What was it like working with Ajay Devgan?

Being my second film with Ajay, sir is always excellent.

De De Pyaar De was a light-hearted commercial space compared to Runway 34.

Here I am again, he’s my co-star, but he’s also my director, making sure that everything is smooth.

As a director, he made sure everyone was performing right, creating that tension, that atmosphere of fear real in a flight. It requires a lot of focus and dedication, and I remember he would forget his meals. That’s the passion of filmmaking, and that’s what he loves to do.

Did the pandemic make you resilient in preparation for your releases?

The pandemic made me wait a lot for my releases. We shot for all the films through the pandemics in complete lockdown projects. But I think it made me patient.

Seeing what people have gone through is the last thing we could crib about late releases.

I’m happy that finally, the films are hitting the theatres, and people are back to a sense of normalcy.

Any unique experience or memorable experience you’ll never forget in your life during the making of this film?

I am learning the nitty-gritty of flying a plane and studying the cockpit. I think this memory will stay with me forever—then getting the chance to work with a real-life captain.

I think it’s something that I’ll never forget. It’s a dream come true.

What is your perception of Australia?

I know people are very chilled. It’s a beautiful place. I have a cousin living in Australia, and I haven’t visited her. But I’d love to come to Australia and experience it sometimes in the near future.

I would like to request all the people in Australia to watch our films and gives us much love, and please watch “Runway 34’’ on the 29th of April. I hope we don’t disappoint you.

(GDI News Desk)

Interview courtesy Mind Blowing Films