Abhilash Thapliyal on Cannes debut: never been invited to film awards back home

Actor Abhilash Thapliyal goes vocal on how he has been chosen to tread on the red carpet of Cannes Film Festival this year for his forthcoming film with director Anurag Kashyap. He would only have mentioned it on his radio broadcast earlier, therefore he finds it hard to believe.

“I have not even been invited to film awards back home, and I am going at this level directly! Mujhe Ranji nahi khelna aata, aur seedha international match khelne bhej diya. Yahaan par main as a fashion icon nahi jaa raha hoon, kaam se jaa raha hoon. Kaise pose karna hoga, kahaan khada hona hoga, slouch na karun varna social media pe log gaaliyaan denge… I am nervous about all this! Also my outfit. I come from Uttarakhand, and I want to carry that on the red carpet. I am figuring out all that. Itna sochna apni behen ki shaadi mein nahi padhta,” he chuckles.

The 36-year-old thinks himself to be fortunate for working with one of the finest directors. “I have just got lucky with directors like him, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Navdeep Singh, Ajay Bahl. Main kismat ka khaa raha hoon abhi tak. Neither am I a trained actor, or an insider. I came from nowhere. Maine sapne mein bhi nahi socha tha something like Cannes will happen. Till recently, I was just learning how to even pronounce the name. I never even had ambitions of becoming an actor, inn directors ke saath kaam karna toh chhod hi do,” he continues.

Talking about his plans on reaching France, he replies, “There is no list. I am going and coming back fast. I don’t want to explore that place without my wife Anubhuti. We will go together in a few months again. I am just going there for the premiere, and coming back.”