After Marathi films, Riteish plans to produce Punjabi, southern films

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 13, 2016 16:20 IST
Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh has produced two Marathi films, Balak Palak and Lai Bhaari, in the past. (Waseem Gashroo/HT Photo)

Riteish Deshmukh, who has successfully ventured into Marathi film industry with productions such as Balak Palak and Lai Bhaari, is keen on producing Punjabi and southern films as well.

“Regional cinema is a space one needs to understand. It doesn’t mean if a film has worked in Marathi cinema then it will work in other language as well. I would love to explore (producing films in) other languages as well,” Riteish said in an interview.

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“I have friends who have produced Punjabi cinema. I would like to collaborate. Genelia has worked extensively in Tamil and Telugu (and) with her experience we will try to collaborate there,” he said.

Talking about wife Genelia, the 37-year old actor said he misses seeing her on screen. “She is busy having babies. I do miss Genelia seeing on screen. I am huge fan of her. She is a wonderful actress.”

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The actress’ last Bollywood film was Tere Naal Love Hogaya, opposite her husband, in 2012. Riteish and Genelia married in 2012. The couple had their first child, Riaan in 2014, while Rahyl was born this June.

The actor-producer said Genelia overlooks the functioning of his production house. “The entire production is handled by her. She is very good at it. My job is to creatively green light a project and she executes it.”

Riteish will be seen next in adult comedy Great Grand Masti alongside Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Urvashi Rautela.

The film, directed by Indra Kumar, hits cinema houses this Friday.

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