After featuring in supporting roles in films such as Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Haal- E-Dil (2008), actor Sharib Hashmi is all pepped up about his forthcoming film Filmistaan, which features him in a lead role.
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"Since in all my previous films, I was had supporting roles, this is like a huge break for me. Through the film, we have tried to show how a powerful medium like cinema can diminish the differences between India and Pakistan, thus making our political borders meaningless," he says.
The film has received critical acclaim including Best Feature Film in Hindi in the 60th National Film Awards 2012 and Special Jury Mention at Busan International Film Festival 2012, as well appreciation from Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan.
"Ours is a very small film and getting appreciation from across the globe is overwhelming. The icing on the cake was Big B’s tweet. I have grown up watching his films. And if he says two good words about our film, it means a lot," says Sharib, who does not want to divulge anything about his next project, to be helmed by Nikhil Advani.
Interestingly, Filmistaan will clash with Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha’s Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, both films release today. But Sharib isn’t perturbed about the clash. "It is foolish to even compare us with that big film. I am a huge fan of Akki sir. I always wish his film to earns Rs 100 crore. Jab unki film housefull ho jaye aur jinko Holiday ... ki ticket na mile woh phir hamari film dekhne aa jaye." he says.