After almost five and a half years of Ek Villain, Bollywood actors Riteish Deshmukh and Sidharth Malhotra have once again been pitted against each other for their upcoming movie Marjaavaan. The movie which also stars Tara Sutaria, who plays a mute, and Rakul Preet Singh on the lead roles sees Riteish as a three-foot-tall but larger-than-life vertically challenged goon.
Yesterday at the trailer launch of Marjaavaan, Riteish Deshmukh opened up about playing a vertically challenged character, and the importance of why actors need to experiment with themselves.
Talking about why a dwarf actor wasn’t roped in for the character playing for three-foot-tall midget, the 40-year-old actor said, “As an actor when someone has approached me with a role, my job is only to see whether I'll be able to pull it off and if the directors and the producers have the confidence whether I'll be able to do justice to what's offered to me. As an actor, I'm ready to play anything, be it a vertically challenged person, old person, young or woman also. I've played everything. As an actor I'm open.”
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Even director Milap Zaveri expressed his opinions about how actors must have the freedom to experiment. The filmmaker shared, “If Mr Anupam Kher, who is such a great actor, hadn't played a character older than his years in Saaransh, maybe we wouldn't have had Anupam Kher ji. Similarly there are so many great actors who play different roles. Ayushmann in 'Dream Girl' played a person who they all think is a girl. I just think that eventually, while everyone deserves a right and should get an opportunity to act and perform, it's also equally fair that actors get chances to experiment.”
Giving the example of Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar who aged in Saand Ki Aankh, the director went shared, “It's great that actors are taking challenges and coming out of their comfort zone. Writers are writing, directors are making, and producers are willing to do such things. I guess it's a matter of who fits the role. I just knew I needed someone like him because of the wickedness, the humour the performance and that's why I approached him.”
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During the same event, Riteish also revealed that he never took inspiration from Shah Rukh Khan in Zero and Kamal Haasan in Appu Raja, who had played midget in their movies. Sharing why he didn’t do so, as quoted by Bollywood Life, he said, “Kamal sir did it at a time when technology wasn’t so advanced. Shah Rukh sir I watched live when he was shooting for Zero and quickly realised I couldn’t match them, so I didn’t even try.”
Directed by Milap Zaveri, Marjaavaan is all set to release on 22nd November 2019.
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Credits: News 18