Gurmeet Choudhary says shooting The Wife affected him psychologically: Interview

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Gurmeet Choudhary headlines the cast of The Wife, released recently on Zee5. In the horror-psychological thriller, Gurmeet is seen opposite Bengali actress Sayani Datta. The story follows the life of a married couple who soon after moving into their new apartment find their relationship crumbling due to the presence of a malevolent spirit.

In an exclusive conversation with IndiaToday.in, Gurmeet Choudhary talks about his character in the film and how shooting in an eerie location affected him mentally.

“IT’S DIFFICULT TO PLAY A CHARACTER THAT REQUIRES NO EFFORT AT ALL”

Gurmeet Choudhary didn’t have to prepare much for his role in The Wife and that’s why he found it difficult. He says, “My character is not someone very different, so I didn’t have to prepare for it much. Everyone would relate to him. That’s why it was difficult for me to portray this role as I had to do natural acting. It is very difficult to play a character that requires no effort at all.”

Talking about playing the solo lead in a film for the first time, Gurmeet says, “I was so happy when I was offered the role. I always wanted to do a solo film but never got the chance, all the films I did had other heroes. When Zee studios offered me the role and I read the script, it felt so good.”

“MY WIFE IS MY BIGGEST CRITIC”

Gurmeet’s wife, Debina Bonnerjee is his biggest critic, and her approval means everything to him. “I watched The Wife recently with my wife Debina, who is also my biggest critic. Until I get her approval, I don’t consider the appreciation I may receive for my work. We both love horror films, and she gets scared very easily. Since she couldn’t scream in the theatre, I could feel her reaction when she was tightly holding my hand each time a scary scene came up. That’s when I realised that the audience would love this film too,” he says.

“I WAS PSYCHOLOGICALLY EFFECTED WHILE SHOOTING THE WIFE”

Watching a horror film is entertaining but shooting for it takes a toll on an actor’s mental health. Gurmeet Choudhary says, “We were shooting in Jaipur and since it’s a horror film, we made our set like that. Since we started shooting during the lockdown, there were very few people on the sets, so it was a very eerie environment. Normally I like to have my own space and sit alone but here, I was psychologically affected. I never sat alone because I was so uncomfortable. I didn’t like it much because I was always very tense.”

That being said, the actor is positive that the audience would love The Wife. “I am a big fan of horror films and I have watched them all. The Wife is a horror and psychological thriller and it’s very different from the rest. The audience will enjoy it from the very first scene,” says Gurmeet. Crediting the film for its “strong screenplay, Gurmeet adds, “The audience will not get bored but keep anticipating what’s to happen next.”

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