Gayathiri Iyer: Arjun Rampal has an impassive face but his comic timing is too good!

Actress Gayathiri Iyer, who has been part of Bollywood films like ‘Raid,’ and ‘Ghost,’ is excited about taking on more projects in the Hindi entertainment space. The actress, who has also worked predominantly in Kannada, Telugu, and Bengali films, talks to ‘Times Of India’ or ‘TOI’ about her experience of working with Arjun Rampal, taking up organic farming, and how she stays positive in these trying times.

In an interaction with TOI, she also revealed her secret of keeping negativity away from her. She shared, “It’s not easy to keep yourself positive, but I guess we all have to try our best. For me, praying helps in keeping me sane and in a positive frame of mind because I am a firm believer in destiny and God’s grace. I believe God has a plan for all of us and things will happen according to His plan, regardless of how much we try or don’t try. Having said that, it is imperative to take steps to keep yourself safe and follow social distancing, wear masks, sanitise ourselves. I know we will overcome this. To keep me busy at home, I’m trying my hand at organic farming, practicing yoga, and pranayama. Just to divert my mind away from all the negative news.”

In another round of questions, TOI questioned, The post-production work of your film, which also stars Arjun Rampal and is helmed by Abbas Mustan has been postponed due to the second wave. What’s going on in your mind?

Gayathiri Answered, “The shoot for my film is complete, just one day of the shoot is left for the montage portion, but that doesn’t have any involvement of actors. Nothing has come to a halt, but yes that day of the shoot would have sped up the editing process, so yes that has been delayed now. Well, this is not the first delay that we have faced. In fact, we were supposed to start shooting in April 2020 and our shoot got postponed by eight months due to the first wave of coronavirus. We began shooting around November-December 2020. Now, because of the second covid wave, the post-production has been delayed. So, this is the second long delay that we are facing as a unit and as a team. It feels sad when your project gets postponed because when you do a project you want to see the finished project on screen… you want to see how the audience likes it etc etc . Having said that, we have a bigger crisis to deal with right now; people are in extreme pain and loss, so our delay and subsequent loss is a small thing compared to that. So we can’t complain.”

TOI also asked her on her working experience with Arjun.

Wherein Gayathiri Spoke, I feel, Arjun Rampal is a hugely underrated comedian. I think his sense of humour is too good. He has a poker face, but his comic timing is just too good. I had a great time shooting with him and Cyrus Broacha. They used to crack us all up on sets. From day one of the shoot, Arjun sir made sure that he puts me at ease as that I was comfortable communicating with him as a co-actor.”