MALAMAAL WEEKLY 2 ON THE ROLL- MUHURAT PICS

The calm of Wahi was not disturbed bythe sound of shoot. It was a calm and cordial atmosphere on the sets of PerceptPictures’ latest comic caper, directed by Priyadarshan. Shailendra Singhlistened with great interest as director Priyadarshan seemed at ease, sittingin a sugarcane field, discussing the scene with Nana Patekar and ShreyasTalpade.
It has taken more than a year to setthe film up and move it to the shoot level. When quizzed, Singh is clear. “Wewanted to look beyond the star culture, to look at a league of extraordinarygentlemen, extraordinary actors, who would bring their own flavour and addvalue to the script. Co-ordinating their dates was no easy task.”
True. For, the film that is helmed byPriyadarshan, stars Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Nana Patekar, Rajpal Yadav, ShreyasTalpade, Asrani and Shakti Kapoor among others and is set in real settings.
Nana Patekar is excited to be part ofa Priyan film. “We had planned so many films, but it feels to good when onefilm happens. More than anything else, I love to act and leave the rest to mydirector. That is what happens with Priyan,” enthuses Nana.
For Shreyas, it is a “double whammy.I am excited in working with Priyan Sir and Nana ji,” says Shreyas. “And whenShailendra Singh called me and told me I was in,:” I couldn’t control myexcitement.”
Tucking into pakoras, dhoklas andsome hot pav bhaji, the entire unit is working with great enthusiasm in the lapof nature in the banks of a river, with all actors chilling out between inplastic chairs in the sugarcane fields, with Nana’s infectious  laughtercutting through the air, as Priyan answers our query of Nana’s romantic leadwith “the only person Nana can be romantic with me in this film is me. He is adirector’s actor. He doesn’t need a woman.” Touche!

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