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‘Priya is a thorough professional’

Actor Abhay Mahajan talks about working with Priya Bapat; says more film-makers should dare to experiment

regional movies Updated: Oct 30, 2017 19:53 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Priya Bapat,Abhay Mahajan,Ringan
Abhay Mahajan plays a timid, diabetic introvert in his upcoming Marathi film Gachchi

Abhay Mahajan is on a roll this year. The actor shot to fame thanks to his role as Mandal in the web series, TVF Pitchers, and this year he has appeared in Makarand Mane’s Ringan and Kranti Kanade’s CRD. He will soon be seen in Nachiket Samant’s Gachchi, in which he plays a timid, frustrated and diabetic person — very unlike how he is in real life. Speaking about the role, he says, “I learnt body movement for a year at the Attakkalari Institute of Movement Arts, and I make sure I am getting the body language and stance of a character right. The character is not complex or intense, so it was easy for me as an actor.”

Abhay will be seen working with actor Priya Bapat for the first time in the new film. He says, “It was fun working with Priya. She is a thorough professional and her sincerity and discipline is unmatched. She made it really easy and comfortable for me on sets, considering we had not interacted with each other earlier.”

Abhay’s second film this year, CRD, is currently in its fifth successful week in the theatres. He believes that the bold concept of the film clicked with the audience. “We were not even thinking of releasing the film when we were making it. We knew we would send it to festivals. So it’s very encouraging that people have loved it. It is a pretty bold film, and when I say bold, I don’t mean nudity or sex. An idea or concept can also be bold, and CRD catered to that boldness.”

However, the actor feels that a lot of directors want to stick to safe scripts. He says, “Unfortunately, we do not have many film-makers who are ready to explore breakthrough ideas. We have been trying new concepts, but is that path-breaking? We felt that the audience is not ready, but CRD proved us wrong and broke this notion. I come from an experimental theatre background and I am glad that films are becoming experimental too.”

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 19:52 IST