Kalki 2898 AD Director Nag Ashwin Heaps Praises On Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Says THIS About Directing Them

With Kalki 2898 AD, Ashwin is returning to direction after 2 years and his first day of shoot was with Amitabh Bachchan. Here's what he had to say about the experience.
?Nag Ashwin On Working With Amitabh Bachchan And Deepika Padukone?

Nag Ashwin On Working With Amitabh Bachchan And Deepika Padukone

One of the most-awaited pan-India projects Kalki 2898 AD is finally set to hit the theatres on June 27. The ensemble cast consists of Prabhas, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, and Disha Patani, and the excitement is at peak for the movie. Director Nag Ashwin has now talked about the first day of shoot with Amitabh and why he cast Deepika for the film.

Ashwin had no idea how to direct Amitabh Bachchan

With Kalki 2898 AD, Ashwin was returning to direction after 2 years. When asked about what kind of director he was in an interview with Film Companion, he replied, “There are a few things I let go and there are other things that I want in a particular way. Some things take a long time. I think it is because I started my career as an editor. So, there are a few things that others think they need to shoot a lot of times, and I am like no you don’t, it is going to go very fast.”
Kalki 2898 AD Trailer Deepika Padukone Prabhas and Amitbh Bachchan in Kalki 2898 AD
Deepika Padukone, Prabhas and Amitbh Bachchan in Kalki 2898 AD
Speaking about the experience of directing Amitabh Bachchan, Nag Ashwin said, “I have no idea how to deal with Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan. I always found it very silly to try and tell them something about their acting or performance. Especially to Mr. Bachchan. The very first day of the shoot was with him. And I was just clueless. I think it had been a long time since I shot anything, it had been around two years and then the first person I had to direct was Amitabh Bachchan. I was like, ‘What am I gonna say?’ Maybe, ‘Sir, a little slower?’ It sounded silly.”
He went on to add, “But, what I realised down the lane with all of them was that they want to be part of the process, they want to be directed. They want to think they know what they are doing. The bigger they are, the more they want to be told what to do, like Bachchan sir and Kamal sir, they are even more open to being directed. They didn’t want to do what they have done before.”

Nag Ashwin on casting Deepika Padukone

Ashwin was also asked if he cast Deepika due to her popularity and he said, “To be honest, when you write a character, it’s still a character, the human part comes only after we cast actors. Till then, it’s just an idea on paper. I think I am sort of oblivious to a few things, which is good. I am definitely aware of the kind of reaction an actor will get in a particular scene but I am also aware of the fact that if we will try to bring these things on purpose, it will fail.”
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