I believe an actor has to work hard irrespective of the medium : Sambhaji Sasane

Actor Sambhaji Sasane who was last seen in ‘Wagherya’ is now excited for his next LAAL BATTI which will release soon. His work as ‘Sam’ (Wagherya) was widely appreciated. He is also part of Indian Ensemble’s Algorithms. Now over to Sam.

Vipul K. Shah

GG) Hhmmm…Second film to hit the screens…

SS) Yes I am glad, excited … and nervous as usual.(laughs)

GG) Tell us something about LAAL BATTI?

SS) It is based on a true story of a police commando who was separated from his mother at an early age. It’s great to be part of stories like this. I play a police commando named ‘Prakash Thube’. Unlike Sam(Wagherya), he is pretty confident & straight forward. We went through an intense training schedule with commandos for over 3 weeks. Working with Girishji was a great experience, he made sure we got equal opportunities as an ensemble cast & we trained harder. Plus, he is always open for improve within a scene structure which gives the actor an opportunity to explore. Also, I enjoyed working with Mangeshji & the entire ensemble cast.

GG) How was the experience training with Police Commandos?

SS) Honestly, it was nerve-racking … Some parts still ache (laughs). I use to travel daily from Vasai to reach Thane by 5.45 a.m. So I had to leave my home by 2 a.m. to catch the first train to Dadar and then to Thane. I thought we all actors might pass away during the training period but luckily we survived (laughs). The training made me realize how hard it is to live the life of a Commando. It’s not the usual picture we have in mind of superheroes we see on screen but there is more to it. They come from small hamlets from Vidharbha, Marathwada and other locations leaving their families there and slogging it day and night. For our safety, they have to go overtime with an always improvising schedule. With this physical training, they slog out for around 12-14 hours. Salute to all the Commandos of Maharashtra Police & across India who do this daily to make us feel safe.

My 2nd Feature Film releases on 26th July!

Lalbatti#releasingon26th #newmovie #policecommandoDirected by: Girish MohiteMaking by: Prashant Bhingarde Editor: Dinesh Pujari Camera : Rohan Gogate

Posted by Sambhaji Sasane on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

GG) How was the experience working with a talented director like Girish Mohite?

SS) Although he is a senior, he never gives that vibe. He will discuss things with you, ask you to improvise. Onset or offset he is pretty cool to hang out with. I actually worked with him for an episode of a serial called ‘Shaurya’ where I got in touch with him. And destiny brought us together to work on this feature. I would love to work with him again.

GG) You are doing a play called ‘Algorithms’ with Indian Ensemble. How is the experience?

SS) Amazing! This was my 2nd collaboration with them. I had worked for Abhishek Majumdar’s ‘Muktidham’ as a part of the chorus on their Mumbai tour. Abhishekji recommended my name to Chanakya Vyas(Director) for ‘Algorithms’. I auditioned and was selected. I am playing a Taxi Driver who hails from Bihar. I had to learn Bhojpuri for the role. My colleague Sumit Kumar Jha helped me through it. We rehearsed for 30 days in Bengaluru & then performed in RangaSankara & Prithvi in Mumbai.

GG) How was the process?

SS) Way before writer and director Chanakya Vyas exposed us to the text; we did a lot of improvisations. Chankaya himself had interviewed over 100 drivers from different cities and he had a lot of research backup for this play which was an add on for me. I started my own interactions with cab & auto drivers that I met. This play had extensive use of projection which added a new dimension to our work. During the process, Chanakya came up with a new character of Insurance Agent which again added a lot of challenge and fun to what I was already doing. Also, we had an amazing ensemble cast for ‘Algorithms’.

There were rejections, rejections and rejections : Sambhaji Sasane

GG) How do you see the character you play?

SS) As an actor, I always love to find out different ways where I can fail with a character or experiment with it. Sometimes it ends up telling you what’s not right for the character or something that you might have overlooked but you end up exploring new things about the character.

GG) How theatre is different from Film Industry for you?

SS) I believe an actor has to work hard irrespective of the medium. The formats are different. You get opportunities to retake in Films but it has its challenges too. One minute final screen time might take about three or more hours to film. Films require a lot of patience, persistence and hard work. A film involves a lot of people, people who shall never be heard of or seen in the film but have contributed in the same way that an actor or a filmmaker does.

In theater, the audience is with you in the moment. You see them in front of you and you do feel the vibe. Theater has allowed me to fail and stand up again. I have learned to respect the clothes, makeup, lights while I was working backstage in the theater. Theater in a way makes you humble. You meet people right after your show and they will react to their experience.

GG) Who do you admire in the theater?

SS) Sankar Venkateswaran & Heisnam Tomba. They have a unique way of looking at theater, its aesthetics & performance.

GG) If not an actor, who would you be?

SS) Tailor (Laughs) … My father is a tailor and although he hated me being a tailor. I contemplated being a tailor when I failed in my 11th standard but I was terrible at it so it never happened.

GG) What is your upcoming work?

SS) There is a Hindi film that I am currently working on. And also a Marathi feature that starts after monsoon.

Ashutosh Rana and Makarand Deshpande team up in Court

Veteran performers Ashutosh Rana and Makarand Deshpande will be seen sharing screen space and engaged in major face off in an upcoming social drama Chicken Curry Law.  The film throws light on severe social problems around women’s safety and depicts the foreigner’s tryst with the law in India. Makrand and Ashutosh are all set to enthrall the audience with their acting chops as two lethal lawyers pitted against each other.  Both the actors will be seen playing advocates and one will get to witness some tantalizing court room drama.

On working with Makarand Deshpande, Ashutosh Rana said, “Makarand is one of the finest actors there is in the industry. I was lucky to work with some of the best actor like- Nivedita Bhattacharya, Zakir Hussain and Makarand, ofcourse. It’s always a pleasure to have powerful actors as co-stars, you are always challenged and you end up pushing yourself to deliver better. It gets more nuanced and you end up improvising continually. Makrand is one of our finest and it was an excellent experience working with him”.

Makarand Deshpande added, “Ashutosh is a fine actor and he has a very unique style. I feel we have complimented each other in our scenes together. Court scenes are drama intensive and dialogue heavy so if you co- actors are strong it becomes a fulfilling experience. I think the court scenes are the highlight of this film not just in terms of how the actors have performed, it really digs into a lot of social problems which we cannot ignore”.

Shekhar Sirrin’s directorial debut, Chicken curry law is being released by Panorama Studios, all over India on 9th August.Aushosh Rana and Makrand Despande play lead roles.

KK Binojee makes his directorial debut in ‘The Wild Cards’

Director KK Binojee the brilliant Telegu artist who has previously worked with director Ram Gopal Verma will be seen making his directorial debut with a crime-based thriller ‘The Wild Cards’. KK Binojee has worked in many Telegu films as an assistant director under Ram Gopal Verma’s Telugu directorial. Binojee gained fame as a script writer for the Telugu movie named Ice Cream and then, in its sequel. KK Binojee’s ‘The Wild Cards’ movie showcases the harsh reality of the people living in the slums.

The movie portraits the cruel truth of crime happening in the slums. It depicts how the young generations are driven forcefully into the world of crime making them ruthless criminals. The movie takes us through the trip of few such criminals who are molded in such a way by the society they grew up in. Basically, a journey from selflessness to selfishness.

“My years of experience working with sir Ram Gopal Verma have delivered me this golden opportunity of making my directorial debut. Today whatever I have learnt achieved is an outcome of the experience working with Ram Gopal Verma. There’s no person in Hyderabad who is not influenced by him, he’s like a god to us.  ‘The Wild Cards’ is a wonderful film, the content is strong and beautiful with complete raw content and I’m very positive that the audience will appreciate my effort,” quoted director KK Binojee.

This movie cast actors of the NSD and Theatre Artist like Sushil Pandey, Akkash Basnet, Vikram Singh Sodha, Ashish Warang, Nakul Tomar, Meenakshi Pandey, Maya Gehlot and other extremely talented theatre artist.

‘The Wild Cards’ is written and directed by KK Binojee and is produced by Munaf Baluch and Sanjog Singh of Sara Film Factory.

Mona Ambegaonkar joins the cast of “Love Life & Screw Ups 2”

Mona Ambegaonkar has reached at the peak of her career where she is known for her brilliant acting in Indian cinema and television. She has done around 15 plays, 18 feature films, 38 TV projects and the list goes on. The zeal to accomplish success in her life has carried her long way.

Mona will soon be seen in Kapil Kaustubh Sharma’s ‘Love Life & Screw Ups’ season 2 as a Maharashtrian lady. She plays an interesting character of a mother who is in search of a groom for her daughter.  It is a comedy drama which depicts a lady who is very conservative in nature yet funny & simple but likes to gossip at the same time.

“The Evening Shadows” actress will also be seen in another of Kapil Kaustubh Sharm’s film called Dunno Why: love is love in which Mona plays a supportive elder sister to her gay brother and fights for him against the world. The trailer was recently released at the Kashish international film festival in Mumbai and the trailer will be released soon.

Love Life & Screw Ups stars Zeenat Aman, Zarina Wahab, Pratima Kannan, Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Dolly Thakore, Yuvraaj Parashar, Diandra Soares, Rachel White, Ridhima Bedi and Kapil Kaustubh Sharma. Music is by Nikhil Kamath, a song sung by Salma Agha, produced by Yuvraaj Parashar, written & directed by Kapil Kaustubh Sharma.

Mahesh Manjarekar and Amey Khopkar’s new year entertainment DE DHAKKA 2

Super hit film ‘De Dhakka’ was released in 2008 and did 10 Cr. business. Now after 11 years it will again entertainment blast with DE DHAKKA 2. Recently poster of the film was launched on social media which shows some connection with London.

Amey Vinod Khopkar Entertainment and Skylink Entertainment presentation, the film is produced by Yatin Jadhav and Swati Khopkar, directed by Mahesh Manjarekar and Sudesh Manjarekar.

Nandkumar Battin and Tabret Patel are co-producer, Karmika Tandon and Vishishtha Duseja are executive producers. The cast of ‘De Dhakka’ Makarand Anaspure, Shivaji Satam, Megha Manjarekar and Siddharth Jadhav will be seen again in DE DHAKKA 2. The other actors are not yet revealed.

The film will release next year, 3 January 2020.

Triloki evolves a soft corner for Omkar

Star Bharat’s popular show ‘Pyaar Ke Papad’ has won accolades for the chemistry between Omkar and Shivika. Meanwhile Triloki is evolving a soft corner for Omkar. He realizes that Omkar is the perfect match for her daughter Shivika.

Pyaar Ke Papad has a unique concept that revolves around the nok-jhok of Sasur and Damad. The concept of the show revolved around this concept and has entertained the audience with its major twist and turns. Omkar in the intial stages gave his best to win Shivika from her father. But Triloki never wanted her daughter to get married to him.

Omkar wins Shivika and finally gets married to her daughter but the rivalary remained the same between the Damad and Sasur. In the upcoming track, Triloki evolves a soft corner for Omkar.

Omkar proved Triloki Ji that he can be the perfect match for her daughter. The upcoming track will revolve around certain incidents where Triloki realizes that he misinterpreted Omkar.

The audience will be now eager to see the reunion of the Damad and Sasur.

To know more….

Tune into Star Bharat and watch Pyaar Ke Papad every Monday to Saturday at 7:30 pm


Richa Chadha reveals on #4yearsofMasaan -“Neeraj had written Devi’s part keeping me in mind”

Masaan was written for her who would have thought that the heartbreaking story of Devi and Deepak would resonate for so long after Masaan had released. The film found a new surge of love on OTT platforms upon its release and has over time achieved a cult status amongst fans. As Richa Chadha, Vicky Kaushal and Neeraj Ghaywan celebrate four years of their memorable collaboration, Chadha fondly remembers the film as an opportunity of a lifetime.

She says, “The film was offered to me in 2012 immediately after Wasseypur;  Neeraj was an assistant on the film and that’s how we got to know each other better. Neeraj had written this part keeping me in mind. It’s the highest form of compliment for an actor when they are offered a tailor made part, when the maker has envisioned you in it even before there’s anything on paper. It will always be my most special film.”

Bidita Bag promotes ‘Moksh to Maya’ amidst a fracture

Bidita Bag who has a release lined up this week with “Moksh to Maya” was spotted promoting her film with a cast on her leg. When enquired about the same she stated, “ I fractured my leg during   a dance sequence while shooting for my next film, we thought it was nothing serious at first but later it turned out to be a fracture, so I had to return back home.” However, this did not stop her from fulfilling her commitment to the film “Moksh To Maya”.

“I am very grateful of Bidita for continuing to promote the film even after her injury. I can see that she is undergoing a lot of pain but she is giving priority to her commitments which is commendable on her part,” said Manoj Singh who is all set to make his directorial debut in Bollywood with the drama-thriller “Moksh to Maya” which is set to release on 26th July 2019.

The story of “Moksh to Maya” revolves around the character of “Maya” that is in a hurdle of life where she decides to choose her desires and faces the consequences with pride.

‘Moksh to Maya’ stars Bidita Bag, Ehsaan Khan, Raj Premi, Neeraj Bharaddwaj, Muni Jha, Syed Raza Ahmed, Shweta Thakore, Maitrik Thakkar, Megha Bhatt, Karnam Rajani, Sima Pari and Rahul Sinha.

The movie Moksh To Maya is written by Kapil Kaustubh Sharma and produced by Antaraa creation LLP, Sweta Thakore, Neeraj Bharaddwaj, Ramesh Rajpurohit, Krishnajee. The forthcoming movie trailer has garnered a lot of recognition online and will be releasing on 26 July 2019.

Rishi Kapoor appreciates the support shown towards “Jhootha Kahin Ka”

Jhootha Kahin Ka which released on 19 July is climbing the stairs to success all across the world and is delivering its promised dose of laughter. The film is directed by Punjabi hit film maker Smeep Kang and stars the veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and  the Punchnama boys Omkar Kapoor and Sunny Singh along with Jimmy Sheirgill, Lillete Dubey and Manoj Joshi.

The movie delivers tons of crazy moments filled with countless lies and dramatic chaos among the characters that has driven the audience insane. The stress buster movie has charmed the masses with its hilarious comic timing and humorous dialogues.

The comic riot family entertainer portrays two boys(Omkar & Sunny) living  in Mauritius, but their lives turn upside down when Omkar’s father(Rishi Kapoor)  surprises  them leading to the further confusion and lies. And just when the audience are entertained with this talented and experienced mix Jimmy Sheirgill, Manoj Joshi, Rajesh Sharma and Lillete Dubey swoop in to drag you to the edge of your seats with their comic timing and knee-slapping jokes.

“We are happy that our film is entertaining the audience, I personally enjoy watching people rolling in laughter and seeing them doing the same for the film we made with so much of hard-work is nothing but a delight to watch,” exclaimed producer Anuj Sharma.

When asked Rishi Kapoor about the positive response the film has been receiving he said, “I was excited about doing an out and out comedy and I am happy that it worked, the reactions from the fans are very encouraging and overwhelming and my heartfelt thanks to all my fans for their support towards the film.”

‘Jhootha Kahin Ka’ is made under the banner of Shantketan Entertainment and presented by Soham Rockstars Entertainment.

Team TAKATAK celebrates success of the film jubilantly

If you look at it objectively, the Marathi film industry has gone through a severe drought in the first six months of the year and only around three films have succeeded at the box office out of 73 films. In such a period, a film like Takatak was released in the last week of June which was away from the usual stereotyped beaten track and also out of the box. The film took over the box office in frenzy. Takatak directed by Milind Kavde has done an amazing business of 14.27 cr just in 3 weeks all over the country and is now running in its fourth week.

To celebrate the success of the film made under the banner of Purple Bull Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., V. Patke Films and Gaonwala Creations, actors Prathamesh Parab, Ritika Shrotri who play the lead in the film along with Pranali Bhalerao and Abhijeet Aamkar celebrated its success with a grand party. Prathamesh is happy that he has successfully shed the name Dagadu with which he has been associated till now and after Takatak is known by the name Thokya.  “I am very happy that Takatak has emerged as a big blockbuster hit besides affording me an opportunity to display my acting prowess in a different and daring role”, says Prathamesh.

It was big risk to make a sex comedy but the audiences have received the film overwhelmingly at the box office, says Milind Kavde, who adds that he is greatly indebted to the audiences. “I have always tried to make something different and out of the box away from the beaten track and Takatak is not at all an exception to the rule. It was risky to present a sex comedy but then one does not taste success without risks. Takatak has proved this and hence the success of my film isn’t only ours but that of the entire film industry”, he quips.

According to Milind Kavde, to a large extent, the success of the film belongs to Om Prakash Bhatt, Sujay Shankarwar, Ravi Bahry, Inderjeet Singh, Ajay Thakur, Dhananjay Singh Masoom and Ravindra Chaubey as they did not at all interfere with him and lent him a free hand to direct the film though they are the producers. The producers express their happiness at having catered to, all sections of the audiences with their film and assert that the success of the film has inspired them to make more and more films with a lot of strength and confidence in future. Distributors like Sameer Dixit and Hrishikesh Bhirangi have also played a very vital role in distributing the film reach the maximum number of the audiences.

Prathamesh-Ritika, Abhijeet Aamkar and Pranali along with Bharat Ganeshpure, Pradeep Patwardhan, Ananda Karekar who also are jubilant about the film’s success, partied with vengeance.The song Aapla Haath Jagannath sung by Adarsh Shinde and the Jay Atre written romantic track Ye Chandrala Ya crooned by Shruti Rane have also emerged big hits. Varun Likhate has composed the music. Milind Kavde has written the humorous story and screenplay in tandem with Ajay Thakur while Sanjay Navgire has penned the meaningful dialogues and Hazraat Shaikh has cranked the camera with a lot of zest.