Exclusive Interview: Nagabhushana And Bhoomi Shetty Open Up About Their Upcoming Comedy Drama Ikkat

As
part
of
its
Prime
Day
celebrations,
Amazon
Prime
Video
is
all
set
to
present
its
audience
with

Ikkat
,
a
hilarious
Kannada
comedy
drama
set
right
in
the
middle
of
the
lockdown.
The
highly
awaited
film
promises
to
take
the
viewers
on
a
roller-coaster
ride
filled
with
some
fun
and
hearty
laughter.

Ahead
of
the
film’s
release,
lead
actors
Nagabhushana
and
Bhoomi
Shetty
had
a
candid
chat
with

Filmibeat,

in
which
they
opened
up
about
the
movie,
its
story,
and
their
shooting
experience
among
other
things.
Here
are
the
excerpts!

Ikkat


Can
you
tell
us
a
little
bit
about
Ikkat
and
what
made
you
take
up
the
film?


Nagabhushana:

The
title
of
the
movie
itself
is
Ikkat
and
it
has
two
meanings
in
Kannada.
One
meaning
of
Ikkat
means
confined
space.
There
is
one
more
meaning
which
stands
for
a
difficult
situation.
So,
the
concept
of
the
movie
is
a
couple
decides
to
divorce
the
next
day
and
tonight,
the
lockdown
happens.
So,
what
happens
next
is
the
movie.
This
one
liner
itself
is
very
exciting
to
hear
plus
it
is
the
first
lockdown
movie
in
Kannada.
So,
when
our
directors
called,
I
thought
why
not
be
a
part
of
the
movie,
so
that’s
why
I
came
on
board.


Bhoomi:

For
me
too,
it’s
the
same
thing.
The
one
line
of
the
story
was
itself
so
damn
interesting
and
it’s
a
lockdown
story,
so
I
had
to
take
up
the
project.

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Can
you
elaborate
a
little
bit
about
your
characters
in
the
film
and
how
you
prepared
for
your
roles?


Bhoomi:

We
prepared
for
our
characters
and
rehearsed
it
for
a
week.
We
did
workshops
and
went
through
our
roles.
We
even
prepared
for
the
whole
scene
kind
of
like
a
workshop
for
the
character
and
then
started
shooting.


Nagabhushana:

To
add
to
this,
I
was
like
desperately
wanting
to
act
after
the
lockdown.
The
pandemic
was
so
stressful,
like
I
just
yearned
to
get
back
in
front
of
the
camera.
So,
when
the
directors
called,
we
started
to
prepare
for
the
character.
They
wanted
me
to
look
like
a
typical,
middle
class
uncle
from
a
small
town
for
my
role.
So
I
went
to
the
salon
to
get
the
exact
look.

And
also,
playing
a
role
like
this
which
is
so
not
me
is
the
challenge.
I
had
to
even
recall
some
of
the
mannerisms
of
my
uncles,
how
they
behave,
the
small-town
ones
who
are
very
dominating
and
demanding
in
nature.
So
it
was
definitely
fun
to
get
into
that
body
language,
it
was
an
exercise
for
me.

 Ikkat


How
has
the
response
been
so
far
for
the
film’s
teaser
and
trailer?


Nagabhushana:

We
have
got
very
good
response
because
the
trailer
shows
the
lockdown.
I
mean
the
story
plays
in
the
lockdown
so
everybody
can
relate
to
it.
Some
of
my
friends
called
and
they
could
say
like
some
of
the
dialogues
and
situations
in
it
as
they
have
experienced
it.
So,
I
think
everybody
can
relate
to
it
and
yeah,
we
have
received
a
great
response
in
that
regard.


Bhoomi:

I
mean
everybody
who
all
watched
the
trailer
have
expressed
excitement
to
watch
the
movie.
They
all
are
really
waiting
for
the
movie.
And
as
Nagabhushana
said,
everybody
can
relate
somewhere
or
the
other
with
the
story.
After
watching
the
trailer,
they
all
went
like
we
had
this,
we
have
done
that
and
this
what
happened
in
the
first
lockdown.
Everybody
can
connect
with
one
or
the
other
points.

Ikkat


What
message
would
you
like
to
give
the
audience
and
what
can
they
expect
from
the
movie?


Nagabhushana:

One
USP
is
that
the
whole
movie
takes
place
in
a
20
by
30
house.
So
far,
not
even
for
a
single
scene
we
went
outside
the
house.
Also,
who
doesn’t
want
to
watch
a
movie
and
laugh
to
keep
our
mental
sanity,
which
is
very
important
during
pandemic.
I
feel
it
is
very
important
to
entertain
ourselves
and
I
am
confident
that
people
will
relate
to
our
film.


Bhoomi:

We
have
taken
a
serious
subject
and
have
shown
in
a
humorous
way.
Plus
somewhere
we
all
went
through
the
same
situation
and
we
can
relate
to
the
film
and
enjoy
the
story.


How
has
the
COVID-19
pandemic
affected
actors
and
what
kind
of
changes
have
come
into
place
now?


Bhoomi:

So,
there
are
a
lot
of
changes
we
can
see
after
the
pandemic
in
all
fields
including
acting.
I
think,
for
us
actors,
the
opportunities
have
kind
of
gone
down
in
number.
The
competition
is
also
more
now.
Hence,
I
feel
we
have
to
knock
on
doors
ourselves
and
open
the
door
and
create
new
opportunities.


Nagabhushana:

To
add
to
this,
the
pandemic
has
changed
everything
in
many
ways
in
an
actor’s
life.
Like
for
example,
just
yesterday,
when
I
was
shooting,
I
had
to
open
my
mask
and
say
my
dialogues
just
before
action.
So,
this
is
kind
of
a
weird
feeling.
It
has
been
challenging
for
actors
but
we
have
to
adopt
to
this.

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Besides
Nagabhushana
and
Bhoomi
Shetty,

Ikkat

also
stars
RJ
Vikki,
Sundar
Veena,
Anand
Ninasam
and
Naveen
Chethana
in
pivotal
roles.
The
comedy
entertainer
directed
by
duo
Esham
and
Haseen
Khan,
is
all
set
to
premiere
on
July
21,
2021
on
Amazon
Prime
Video.

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