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I am a student of cinema: Gashmeer

Gashmeer Mahajani does not like titles attested to artistes and refrains from calling himself “an actor or director or dancer”

regional movies Updated: Jul 03, 2017 18:50 IST
Anjali Shetty
Gashmeer Mahajani at his dance academy on Paud Road in Pune.
Gashmeer Mahajani at his dance academy on Paud Road in Pune.(Rahul Raut/HTPHOTO)

In an industry where people try to fit in, Gashmeer Mahajani doesn’t mind standing out with his firm beliefs and ideas. He says, “I am a student of cinema, I am not an actor or director or dancer. In fact, we all need to get rid of these titles. Japanese director Akira Kurosawa had once said, ‘In Japan, if you ask a tea seller, who is he, his prompt response will be, I am contributing to the making of the film. Everyone considers the product as their own’. Unlike here in India, where we departmentalise and work as individuals.”

Though he is the son of veteran actor Ravindra Mahajani, Gashmeer did not have it easy in the industry. “I have had to work hard and prove my worth. I started a dance class (which today is one of Pune’s popular dance academies) when I was 16, because our home and land was sealed by the bank. What started as a need is one of my biggest strengths, today.”

He makes it a point to train at least one batch every month. “While training these students I can shed off my other roles/duties and break free as a dancer. Unbiased conversations withe these students help me stay grounded and in check. They look up to be as an artist and not as a film star.”

Only six films old, Gashmeer is extremely choosy about his projects, especially after his past experiences. “While choosing a film, a script definitely tops my criteria list followed closely by the director and producer. I cannot be associated with a film only in the capacity of an actor. I have to be creatively involved from start to end. I believe every actor should be. You cannot just shoot for your part and leave the rest to others. You have to be around to help and contribute to the film.”

anjali.shetty@htlive.com