After his debut film, Yeh Saali Aashiqui (2019), Vardhan Puri signed three films, but they were shelved due to the pandemic. The actor says that after a few years as an actor and assistant director, he met many people who pretended to have connections in the film industry, including those who take advantage of actors promising work in return. “Some people ask you directly for sexual favors and say, ‘You pay me this much and I’ll get you this’. Someone would say, main aapko X, Y, Z se milaunga or woh aapke liye film likh rahe hain. And later you find out that the person doesn’t even know the director and woh industry ka hissa hi nahin hain. They are just trying to make a quick buck,” he shares.
After the pandemic, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri’s Nautanki was the first film Puri brought back from his sabbatical. Interestingly, Agnihotri stated in an April 2022 interview that he was “no longer associated with the film”. Agnihotri said that he shot the film during the first lockdown to help his friend (actor) Anupam Kher and even helped with the first edit as a kind gesture and that he has no idea about the final product. Ask Puri about the development and the actor admits, without revealing much, that things are on track. He adds: “That’s an old story. I can’t talk about it. Everything is great now and he (Agnihotri) is very proud of the film.”
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