The actor has enacted three different roles in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and I have to admit, Paresh's (and Abhay's too) performance bowled me over completely. "Dibakar (Banerjee, the director) deserves the credit. Usme dum hain," Paresh says with utmost modesty.
Next on the cards is Maharathi, a play Paresh had produced and directed in the 1980s. Why didn't he direct its cinematic version? "Believe me when I say this, I have lost objectivity. The play was of 3 hours' duration, while the film has a running time of less than 2 hours. I didn't know what should be retained in the film. Plus, I didn't want to experiment with the medium (cinema). I am a novice," Paresh states.
So how did he decide on Shivam Nair? "Naseerbhai (Naseeruddin Shah) suggested his name. I'd also seen Ahista Ahista and although it didn't work at the box-office, I realized that Shivam knew the job well. Besides, he's an excellent person, so that helps," Paresh says.
So how has the experience been? "Wonderful! Watching stalwarts like Naseerbhai and Om-ji perform is the ultimate high for an actor. I've learnt so much from them," he smiles.