Amrish Puri’s grandson Vardhan is the next star kid set for a Bollywood career
All debate over nepotism can wait because here’s yet another star kid set for a Bollywood launch. We are talking of late Amrish Puri’s grandson, Vardhan Puri. The actor will make his Bollywood debut in an upcoming romantic thriller to be produced by Jayantilal Gada, reports Mumbai Mirror.
In an interview to the said publication, the actor said that his grandfather’s influence on him is complete. For Vardhan, his grandfather is the “God” to whom he prays.
According to the report, the upcoming film will be shot in north India and will roll from September. The hunt is still on for the leading lady and director of the film and a decision to that effect should happen sometime soon.
Vardhan, who has assisted Habib Faisal on Ishaqzaade and Daawat-e-Ishq and Manish Sharma on Shuddh Desi Romance in the past, was quoted as saying: “I was supposed to start off with a period-drama with Jayanti bhai, but for some reason that didn’t work out. He approached me later for this film which I loved and immediately gave my nod to.”
The film will be much on the lines of Hollywood director David Fincher’s psychological thriller Gone Girl in its treatment of the subject, he added. The actor is currently busy attending workshops and training for his role.
Vardhan is clearly in awe of his late grandfather. He identifies himself as a fan of Charlie Chaplin, Kishore Kumar along with Puri senior. To him, his grandfather was his first teacher and the God he prays to. The late actor’s influence on Vardhan is evident in the manner the latter speaks about the veteran actor. “Dadu is the God whom I pray to. I was so close to him that I would sleep between him and my grandmother. When he passed away, for me it was like losing the protective cover of an umbrella. It was then, that I decided that if I do something, it would be for my grandfather and this film is an ode to him.”
The young actor counts Virasat, Ghatak, Mr India and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge as his all-time favourite films of his grandfather.
He obviously has fond memories of his grandfather and said how the duo would watch movies of “Dilip saab, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro till 3 am and also binge on classics like The Godfather and The Shawshank Redemption”.
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