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Not in Sanju’s ferarri: Sharman Joshi

Rachana Dubey, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 14, 2012
First Published: 13:01 IST(14/1/2012) | Last Updated: 13:13 IST(14/1/2012)
The first promo of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawari was unveiled with Don 2 late last month. Actor Sharman Joshi is being flooded with compliments for his act in the 30-second promo.

“I’m delighted. I have a mix of emotions with respect to this film. To begin with, it takes my association with Mr Chopra forward. Raju has written the dialogue. And it’s a fun film that everyone will enjoy with his or her kids. And I have ended up with a 10-year-old friend in Ritwik, who plays my son,” he says. “It’s my first solo hero film and Mr Chopra has put a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. I hope I won’t disappoint him.”

The film has been in the news for various reasons since inception. Initially, there was abuzz that Sachin Tendulkar would have a guest appearance in it. Later, the film became the first Bollywood film to be shot at the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground, UK. Bring this up, and Sharman admits he wasn’t lucky enough to visit the famed grounds.

“I wasn’t part of the schedule, unfortunately. I wish I had been,” he says, adding, “We often had matches off camera when we were shooting in Mumbai. Then, we had this Lord’s schedule, which sadly didn’t need me. So, I missed the experience. But whatever has been shot is precious. And I’m happy for the team.”

The actor, who has shot a campaign for Seven Up with choreographer Simon Lind, who has also worked on Hollywood animation film Happy Feet Two (2011), was reportedly expected to shoot a sequence in actor Sanjay Dutt’s Ferrari.

When asked how it felt to drive the luxury car, Sharman says, “It was a sweet gesture from Sanju to lend his car to us. But we didn’t shoot in it. We drove around in it. He showed us how it works. But eventually, we used another Ferrari, which I’m sure will become iconic with our film.” 

Chitthiyaan only starts at the end of the year

Actor Sharman Joshi has been signed for another Vidhu Vinod Chopra production, Chitthiyaan, again as a solo hero. “I’ve had a lot of single hero offers but nothing excited me. A lot of people assume that if I have two solo hero projects, I’m under pressure to deliver,” he says, adding, “But the truth is that I’m not under pressure. Everything will fall into place because I take things easy at work. Chitthiyaan starts only at the end of the year. The casting is still on. I will not think further about the project till we start.”
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