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Marathi cinema has a receptive and intelligent audience: Suniel Shetty

The actor, who was to make his Marathi film debut a few years ago, will finally revive the project sometime this year.

regional movies Updated: Jun 09, 2017 16:57 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Beti padhao,Beti bachao campaign,Suniel Shetty
Suniel Shetty’s new look for his TV show.(HTPHOTO)

Recently at the announcement of a Marathi film (ABC) in Pune, actor Suniel Shetty spoke of his association with regional films, his constant support for social causes and the reason behind his Marathi debut delay.

Shetty agreed to be associated with a film titled ABC, because of its hard-hitting and socially relevant script. The film throws light on the ‘Beti padhao, Beti bachao campaign’ which has been successfully implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The cause makes a lot of sense and it is something I have been supporting through Save the Children India foundation. So, when the producers approached and requested me to be a part for the poster launch, I readily agreed,” he says.

Three years ago, Shetty had decided to enter the Marathi film industry and was in talks with director Ajay Phansekar. However, the actor took a sabbatical and the project took a backseat. “I recently completed the shooting for a television show and have also signed a couple of Hindi films. Now, I will have to figure out how to go about the Marathi project,” shared the actor, who admires Marathi films made by director Mahesh Manjrekar and Ravi Jadhav.

He believes Marathi cinema has scripts that you rarely get to see in Bollywood, "Marathi cinema has a receptive and intelligent audience. The regional industry is script-driven and makes films that are intelligent."

Though he hasn’t had the chance to catch up on any latest Marathi films, Shetty admits to have watched many of them while growing up. “I remember watching Marathi films on Doordarshan in my growing up years. Interestingly, these films hooked you on with their story line. The narrative and script have always been their plus points.”

On the role he would like to play in a Marathi film, he shares, “Ajay bhau (Phansekar) has shared this emotional story about a cop and his mother. I would like to play a character in uniform and certainly my age. The story talks about an encounter specialist and his turmoil when a fake encounter takes place. I want to depict the conflict faced by that character.”

Shetty belongs to the Hindu-Bunt community which makes regional films too. With two award ceremonies and close to 15 films a year, the Tulu industry is flourishing. “I encourage their work as they make some great comedies. However, I have not accepted any acting offers as I have to be careful with my choices. One wrong move and the world judges you.”

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First Published: Jun 09, 2017 16:55 IST