'EMI' is my first film out of the three that I have signed for with Popcorn and Balaji. The three films with Mukta Arts are still untitled. Parritosh Painter is directing these three. I shoot for 'Pappu Pass Ho Gaya' next month. The sequel to Dhamaal will go on floor soon. Besides, I am talking to some other people.
You were saying something about 'The White Land'.
This film is very close to my heart. I have sweated and bled for this film, literally. I play a young boy, who has grown up at the sarpanch's house, because of which the villagers do not trust him. Ironically, the sarpanch does not trust the boy either. The story is related to the price of salt. Salt that costs seven rupees in the market, pays the salt labourers seven paise. The sarpanch is the villain. This is a story based on true events. The government does not even provide the labourers with gumboots or sunglasses necessary for working the salt lands. The area below the knee becomes so hard due to constant exposure to salt, that when a salt worker is cremated, the leg does not burn.
Do you think the audience will accept you in a rustic role?
Absolutely. If you see the get-up of the character, you will be convinced and accept me as the villager. I have painted my body and dusted my hair. We shot in the hot sun, and some of the locations are actual salt lands, where all the action is. I have bled and been wounded. I am sure the audience will see the effort I have put in.
Comedies, thrillers and serious films – what next?
90 per cent of my movies will be comedies, since I love that genre. I would love to act in a romantic film like 'Dilwaale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'. It is my dream film. To realise my dream, I have to reach a point in my career where my producer will trust me enough to carry a film on my own. There is time, but I am sure it will happen.
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