During a recent media interaction, Ila Arun who plays a prominent role in the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer film Haddi spoke about the challenges the team faced while shooting for the film.
“Some scenes were more like nightmares. It was a nightmare to work under those difficult situations in such heavy makeup.” Arun in an interview praised Siddiqui for his dedication at work despite shooting in difficult conditions. “And hats off to Nawaz who used to take 6 hours to get ready with the wig, makeup, and everything else and still look flawless. The shoot happened at real locations in 45-46 degrees celsius temperature without AC because the director chose a real location that was not equipped."
She also spoke about her experience working with the debutant director, Akshat Ajay Sharma, “Haddi being his debut film, the way he kept his calm in extremely high temperatures which went up to 45-46 degrees is indeed praiseworthy. He was facing challenges from every direction, right from the weather conditions (scorching heat) to other things. All the actors were equally suffering. There was no AC and so everybody was losing their temper. However, Akshat dealt with it in a very calm way. That's the first success of a director - being able to tolerate everything for the sake of good work.”
The scenes were tough to shoot particularly Siddiqui, as he had to shoot the scene in heavy layers of make-up and wig. Haddi stars Siddiqui in the role of a transgender character, who is very close to Arun’s character of Revati Maa, Hijra Gharana’s mother candidly. The film also stars Anurag Kashyap, and is set to drop on September 7 on ZEE5.