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Watch: Tillotama Shome, Salim Merchant in short film Fired

Starring opposite actor Tillotama Shome, musician Salim Merchant makes his acting debut with the short film Fired. The singer-composer, however, fails to impress much with his acting prowess.

bollywood Updated: Apr 06, 2016 15:22 IST
Sweta Kaushal
Sweta Kaushal
Hindustan Times
Tillotama Shome,Salim Merchant,Fired
Tillotama Shome, Salim Merchant in a still from Fired. (YouTube)

Starring opposite Tillotama Shome, musician Salim Merchant makes his acting debut with a short film titled Fired that released online on Tuesday. The short film is fifth in the series Love Shots by Y-Films - a Yash Raj Films’ venture that focuses on short films and new talents.

Directed by Ankur Tewari, Fired traces a young couple. Tillotama plays the wife while Salim essays the role of a supportive husband.

The 11-minute video shows Tillotama venting out her fears, frustration and worries after she is fired from her job when her husband (Salim) tells her that he also has quit his job. A very average treatment makes it the film superficial. While Tillotama stays in her character, Salim doesn’t look convincing as the loving and supporting husband.

Watch: Tillotama, Salim in short film Fired

The story, screenplay and dialogues are written by Aparna Nadig & Ashish Patil.

Speaking about his acting debut, Salim said, “I never thought that acting is such an involved art form until I actually started preparing for it. Being a composer and scoring films like Ab tak Chappan and Chak De! India, among others, I always followed the actor’s timing to know where to score and where not to but I was intrigued with the idea of acting. I’m fortunate to have Ankur (director) and Tillotama who is such a fine actress to spend hours doing readings and workshops preparing for my character.”

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Director Ankur Tewari said, “It was amazing working with Salim. He was acting for the first time and he surprised me with his acting abilities. I never thought he would be as good an actor as a musician. Tillotama was amazing as always. They both set off each other’s chemistry very well.”

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First Published: Apr 06, 2016 15:15 IST