Hawaa Hawaai which is gonna release tomorrow has already got good positive reviews. The young Partho Gupte's roller-skating coach is played by Saqib Saleem. However, the young actor's real-life coach on whom Saqib's character is modelled, is Ajay Shivlani, who runs the skating school Rollfit in Mumbai.
Partho, who learnt roller-skating from scratch for his role as the underprivileged dreamer Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare, is now so adept at the sport of his training that the boy intends to pursue skating long after the film is released and over.
His appreciative coach Shivlani said: "It's very rare that any coach would get such an opportunity to be a part of a full-fledged film that promotes one's sport and gives credibility to his passion. We did have someone like Arjun Harishchandra Waghmare in our class. Only he didn't have a past like in the film, was from not so lucky background but was raring to accomplish his dream in the world of speed skating."
"He was our student for more than 12 years and proved his mettle at the district, state and national level competitions. He was a gold medallist and overall state champion in his age group for six years at a stretch."
Shivlani is all praise for Partho's abilities. "His camaraderie with other skaters during class practice and shooting, or even with Saqib Saleem or the band of boys speaks for his simple and down-to-earth, easy going attitude," Shivlani said.