Rituparno Ghosh's Hindi-Bengali bi-lingual Sunglass, which went on the floors this month, has a surprise last-minute leading man - R Madhavan.
The actor, who is wrapping up his work in Mani Ratnam's Guru, is all set to step into the leading man's role in the Hindi version. Madhavan is over the moon, despite being asked to step in at the last minute.
"Shooting with Ritu is such a joy! My god! What a director. He's so gentle and yet so definite about what he wants. It's just my luck that I had these dates because another project of mine got cancelled. God's ways, I guess," Madhavan said.
"There are four filmmakers I've been dying to work with - Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra and Ritu. Though I don't follow Bengali, I saw Ritu's Chokher Bali and flipped for Ash (Aishwarya Rai). If only he'd make me look half as good ... ha ha."
|Rituparno Ghosh's Hindi-Bengali bi-lingual Sunglass, which went on the floors this month, has a surprise last-minute leading man - R Madhavan.|
Ghosh had earlier signed Sanjay Suri for the bi-lingual.
Said Ghosh: "Earlier I had Tota Raichaudhary for the lead in Bengali and Sanjay Suri in Hindi. But when Sanjay read the first draft of the script, he had certain reservations about the character. We thought it was best to part at that point and work together again on another project.
"As the script grew, I needed a man with a mischievous smile, a naughty flint in the eye and a devilish demeanour. A married man caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Someone who wants to get seriously naughty after five years of marriage.
"The role seemed tailor-made for Maddy (Madhavan). I approached him with much trepidation, since there was no time. To my luck he agreed. Maddy is a wonderful boy and a terrific actor with great comic timing. We are having a ball shooting."
Madhavan talks very highly of Konkona SenSharma, who plays the female lead in the film.
"It's not just the temptation of working with Ritu. It's the entire team. I've never worked with Naseeruddin Shah, Jaya-ji and Konkona. I saw Konkona in Omkara, and fell in love... with my wife's permission.
"I think she's amazing. Just having her stand in front of me on camera is inspiring. And we make a great pair. And I've never done a bilingual before."