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Dev to play a boxer in his second production

regional-movies Updated: Nov 01, 2016 16:37 IST
Anindita Acharya
Anindita Acharya
Hindustan Times
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Dev plays Markas Ali, a character modelled on William Shakespeare’s Mark Antony, in Srijit Mukherji’s Zulfiqar. (Samir Jana)

Actor Dev has his hands full as a producer. His debut production, Dhumketu, starring Subhashree, will hit the theatres this Christmas and the actor will start shooting for his second production, Chaamp, a film on boxing, November 25 onwards. This film, which also marks the acting debut of his rumoured girlfriend Rukmini Maitra, will be directed by Raj Chakraborty. Presently, both the actor and director are busy doing recce for Chaamp.

However, Dev, who is also known for his lover boy image , will be seen in a completely different avatar in Kaushik Ganguly’s Dhumketu. The actor also shares that the film redefines the notion of love. So, what does romance mean to you, we ask? “It’s the purest emotion that God has given us. Romance to me means watching a film together. Romance means when a husband cooks for his wife on his off day. I don’t know how people lead life without romance. I am blessed that I have felt that emotion and I am thankful to everyone who has been part of my journey,” he says.

Dev’s first production Dhumketu, directed by Kaushik Ganguly, will release this Christmas. (Dev Entertainment Ventures)

Dev also says he was apprehensive about playing a mute character in Srijit Mukherji’s Durga Puja release Zulfiqar. He was skeptical and he knew that he was taking a ‘big risk’ given that the film, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, was bringing together some of the biggest Tollywood stars (Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Parambrata Chatterjee and Ankush) where every actor would be mouthing heavy-duty dialogues. But after the release of the film, he was surprised to see that his character, Markas Ali, was grabbing maximum eyeballs though the character didn’t have a single dialogue. The film also managed to emerge as the highest grosser this Durga Puja.

“I kept my promise I made to myself that I would improve. I am happy that I have managed to do so. I am trying to give something new to the audience with every release of mine. Today, I am ready to take on any challenge and risk,” says the superstar.

Dev at the mahurat of Amazon Obhijaan, a sequel to Chander Pahar. (Shree Venkatesh Films)

The Buno Haansh and Chander Pahar actor is happy with the box office result of the film. “It feels nice when your work gets appreciated and your film also breaks box office records. This film broke all the records of Srijit’s earlier films,” he smiles.

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The actor, who will be seen romancing Subhashree in his Christmas release, Dhumketu, after a gap of three years, says that it’s not possible for a public figure like him (he is also the Member of Parliament) to be overtly expressive when it comes to public display of affection. So, there are certain things he keeps in mind whenever he steps out of his house. “I would love to get a tattoo done. I would love to hold hands of my beloved and take her around Kolkata. But I have always believed that it’s up to you to decide how much you want other people to enter your life. There should be a window and at the end of the day there’s no point exploiting the relationships we treasure. At times, I feel bad that when I see some couples who never accepted their relationships playing blame game. I have learnt this from my past experience. All of us has a sweet memory of our past relationship too and why spoil that by making things bitter. We should always cherish the good moments and forget and forgive. This means a lot in romance,” says Dev with a boyish grin.

And what would he not do in love? “Love is the only emotion where you have no control. People die in love. People kill other people and even kill themselves. It’s the most dangerous emotion god has given us,” he says.