Why She Is Worth A Kill


Photograph:
Kind
courtesy
Tanya
Maniktala/Instagram

From

A
Suitable
Boy

to

Kill,

it
has
been
rollercoaster
ride
for

Tanya
Maniktala
.

“The
journey
has
taught
me
a
lot
and
I
am
so
grateful
for
the
experiences,”
the
actor
tells

Subhash
K
Jha
.

“With
the
kind
of
reception
my
work
has
been
receiving
so
far,
I
have
never
been
made
to
feel
like
an
outsider.
But
yes,
it’s
definitely
more
difficult
to
get
your
foot
through
the
door
and
there
is
little
room
for
error. 

“I
started
my
journey
with
the
celebrated
Mira
Nair
believing
in
me,
so
I
do
not
have
anything
to
complain
about.
It
was
the
most
magical
and
surreal
experience
of
my
life.
For
a
person
who
set
out
with
nothing,
this
opportunity
fell
into
my
lap
and
was
more
than
anything
I
could
have
even
dreamt
of.
It
was
a
privilege
to
work
with
the
legends
of
the
industry.

“From
the
auditioning
process
to
the
promotions,
it
was
like
living
a
dream.
There
was
so
much
I
was
learning
everyday
on
set.
I
was
lucky
because
nobody
shied
away
from
teaching
me.
We
were
a
team
who
had
set
out
on
this
great
big
adventure
and
were
lifting
each
other
up.”

Did
Mira
Nair’s
Web
series
open
doors
for
Tanya?

“Yes.
A
lot
of
decisions
that
I
made
also
set
off
the
course
for
trajectory,

Kill

being
one
of
them.
It
did
take
longer
than
I
would
have
wanted
but
then
again,
I
had
started
with
no
expectations
so
it
felt
like
I
was
getting
my
due.
You
just
have
to
keep
at
it
because
you
never
know
what
might
take
off.”

 

IMAGE:
Tanya
Maniktala
in

Kill
.

In
her
first
feature
film

Mumbaikar
,
Tanya
got
to
work
with
some
heavyweights
like
Director
Santosh
Sivan
and
actors,
Vijay
Sethupathi,
Vikrant
Massey
and
Sanjay
Mishra.

“It
was
just
the
right
next
thing
to
take
up
post

A
Suitable
Boy
,”
she
says.

“I
had
been
watching
and
admiring
their
work
and
then
to
be
working
with
them
was
a
pinch-me
moment.

“I
remember
the
first
day
Vijay
sir
had
come
on
set
when
I
was
shooting.
It
was
a
night
shift
and
we
were
shooting
outdoors.
I
was
about
to
get
done
when
all
of
a
sudden,
there
were
hoards
of
people
who
just
showed
up
seemingly
out
of
thin
air.
Then
I
got
called
in
by
Santosh
sir
to
introduce
me
to
somebody.
I
could
feel
the
buzz
and
excitement
in
the
air
but
I
had
no
idea
what
was
happening.
Then
I
saw
him
in
the
flesh,
smiling,
his
gaze
locked
on
the
person
he
was
conversing
with.
I
had
goosebumps
when
I
met
Vijay
sir
for
the
first
time.
His
humility,
charm,
simplicity…
I
was
in
awe!

“Then,
it
was
‘Action’
and
there
he
was!
Switched,
in
a
second.
It
was
brilliant!
I
felt
like
I
had
watched
a
movie
in
those
few
minutes
itself.
He
is
a
master
in
his
craft
and
to
experience
that
in
person
was
exhilarating.”

 

IMAGE:
Tanya
Maniktala
in

A
Suitable
Boy
.

Tanya
says
she
was
working
on
her
vampire
Web
series

Toothpari

when
she
got
the
called
from
Kritarth
Sethi
from
Casting
Bay
for

Kill
.

“He
sent
me
the
scenes
and
told
me
to
take
my
time
with
it
because
it
was
an
important
one.
I
went
through
the
scenes
but
unfortunately,
couldn’t
go
to
audition
in
person
because
of
shooting
schedules
but
the
Casting
Bay
team
was
so
supportive.
They
auditioned
with
me
on
Zoom
and
a
little
while
later,
I
got
the
call
to
tell
me
I’ve
been
shortlisted.

“After
that
was
the
script
reading
and
meeting
with
Nikhil
(Bhat,
Kill
Director
)
sir.
It
was
being
backed
by
Sikhya
Entertainment
and
Dharma
Productions,
so
we
knew
it
was
no
small
feat
and
I
had
to
give
my
all
to
make
sure
that
I
justify
my
character.”

“I
don’t
think
there
was
anybody
on
set
who
wasn’t
injured,”
Tanya
says
about

Kill’s

shooting
experience.

“I
had
a
chase
sequence
with
Raghav’s
(Juyal)
character
in
which
I
am
trying
to
escape
and
because
the
setting
is
such,
there
is
not
much
room
for
movement.
The
production
design
had
created
this
beautiful
set
which
did
not
feel
like
one
because
it
was
so
well
done!

“In
the
chase
sequence,
I
had
to
ram
myself
against
one
of
the
grills,
fall
on
the
ground
and
then
get
up
and
run
again.
Since
I
was
wearing
a
suit
with
a

dupatta,

there
were
takes
in
which
that would
get
stuck
in
the
grills
and
pull
at
my
neck.
Then
the
chain
underneath
would
gash
at
my
neck.
Then
in
a
few
of
the
takes,
I
rammed
so
hard
in
the
grills
that
I
couldn’t
move
my
arm.
I
had
to
be
taken
in
for
an
X-Ray

everything
turned
out
fine!

but
right
after
that
was
my
action
bit
with
Raghav
Juyal.
So
it
was
quite
an
experience.”

 

IMAGE:
Tanya
Maniktala
with
Lakshya
in

Kill
.

She
is
all
praise
for
Director
Nikhil
Bhat.

“I
am
honoured
to
have
worked
with
Nikhil
sir
because
like
Miradi,
even
his
eye
for
detail
is
beautiful
to
watch

from
getting
the
dialect
right
to
how
he
had
written
the
action
sequences
in
the
script.
You
know
there
is
a
genius
mind
at
work
when
he
could
play
out
his
vision
in
words
and
make
everybody
else
experience
it
with
him.”

So
what
next?

“I
have
been
working
on
a
series
called

Paan
Parda
Zarda
.
That’s
all
for
now.
I
want
to
revel
in
the
work
that
gives
me
joy
and
give
my
best
to
every
project.”