The three young actors of upcoming film, From Sydney With Love, were more than two hours late for their meeting with the press on Saturday, at Fame Cinemas.
The only reason we can fathom is that it might have something to do with their pride at Pramod Films backing the film - the illustrious banner which was founded by veteran director-producer Pramod Chakravorty and which made successful films such as Love in Tokyo (1966), Shatru (1986), Jugnu (1973) and Ziddi (1997).
Sharad Malhotra, Bidita Bag and Karan Saggo are a part of its latest film, From Sydney With Love, and were in city to talk about their film, based on a good boy, a bad boy and a fat boy.
The star cast is excessively proud of being hosted by Pramod Films that completes 50 years in the film industry. Directed, produced and written by Prateek Chakravorty, Pramod's grandson, it is a 'fam-com' (family comedy), explains the trio.
Sharad says, "It's a great platform for us. Akshay Kumar came at the launch of the film's music. It feels great that a lot of big names are attached with it."
Shot mostly in Sydney, the film's story is about a girl and three boys. "And the music is composed by Sohail Khan and international DJ Brooklyn Shanti," adds Sharad.
The Punjabi connect
The fact that two of the film's actors have roots in Punjab is reason enough for the region's youth to be excited. Punjabi boy Sharad Malhotra is a known television face and Karan Sagoo hails from Jalandhar.
Sharad's career in the entertainment industry flagged off after he won a reality show aired on Zee TV, India's Best Cinestar Ki Khoj, in 2004.
He then moved to Mumbai in 2005 and became a household name when he acted in serial, Banoo Mein Teri Dulhan, in 2006. "I got various awards for that show and later moved to Los Angles to pursue an acting course from New York Film Academy in 2009.
From the past one year, I have been working on this project," Sharad informs.
The other Punjabi munda, Karan Sagoo, who plays the bad boy in the film, was born and brought up in London. However, he adds, "I trace my roots to Jalandhar, and travelled extensively in Punjab during my childhood.
Though I come from a real estate background and am an IT graduate from Kingston University, I preferred to live my passion by moving to Mumbai six years ago." Since then, Karan has done various modeling assignments, ramp shows and TV commercials for brands such as Hero Honda, Godrej and Nokia. "I also played a cameo in the film Band Baaja Baaraat," he signs off on a proud note.