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No city in the world can beat Pune’s vibe: Pushkar Jog

Pune-bred Pushkar Jog was back in the city to shoot for his upcoming Marathi film, Ti & Ti, directed by Mrinal Kulkarni

regional movies Updated: Feb 15, 2018 17:14 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Pushkar Jog was in the city to shoot for his forthcoming film Ti & Ti at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha. (Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

Actor Pushkar Jog admits that he is a typical Punekar and his love for the city cannot be compared to anything else. In the city, to shoot for his Marathi film, Ti & Ti, Pushkar caught up with us at the renowned theatre Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud. “The film’s protagonist and his wife are from Pune. So, we picked areas in the city to back the story line. I shifted to Mumbai a few years ago, but now I am planning to come back. I recently became father to an adorable baby girl. I want her to be able to live the life I led. And, what better place than Pune. No city in the world can beat Pune’s vibe.”

He adds that the city has definitely seen some major changes but the essence has remained. “I don’t know why, but you can never have enough time in a city like Mumbai. On the other hand, no matter what you do or not do in Pune, you never feel guilty or saturated.”

The film is being directed by veteran actor-director Mrinal Kulkarni and features Sonalee Kulkarni and Prarthana Behere, and according to Pushkar, about 80% of the project has been shot in London. He says, “It is an urban rom-com set in London. Marathi films have had love stories, unlike this, but most of them are set against a rural backdrop.”

The actor adds that he loves the genre of films that Saif Ali Khan does, for example Salaam Namaste (2005) and Hum Tum (2004). “These are fun, family entertainers with a dash of romance, comedy and drama. I wanted to bring this essence in Marathi films. So, this is an urban set-up with a very contemporary story line. Mrinal’s son Virajas and I brainstormed and came up with a story base and we liked that fact that we were on the same page. He has written the script.”

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 17:14 IST