“I didn’t want to act in ‘Antim’ but Salman forced me to do it” says actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar

Salman Khan: “Aayush is a sensible boy. He knows his work. He has his brain in the right place and knows how to use it as well.”

Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma alongside Mahesh Manjrekar and debutant Mahima showed up at the trailer dispatch occasion of ‘Antim’. On the occasion, Salman Khan talked about working in the film and portraying the role of a Sikh man.

During the launch, ETimes questioned Mahesh Manjrekar concerning directing as well as acting in the movie. Manjrekar said,  “I didn’t want to act in ‘Antim’ but Salman forced me to do it. I prefer not to act in a film that I direct. Because you always feel you can’t see yourself right. You don’t know what you’ve done. But then, the role was a beautiful cameo so I did it.”

When additionally asked about his experience of working with Salman Khan in ‘Antim’. They’ve met up after a long time, despite the fact that Manjrekar’s daughter Saiee worked with Salman in ‘Dabangg 3’ before. Responding to something similar, Manjrekar said, “As a director, I’ve known Salman for so many years, we have done so many films as co-stars, too. Beyond films, I treat him more like a brother than a friend because I am always at his house. I am well aware of his capabilities as well. Directing him has never been difficult at all. In fact, this time it was much easier because I knew exactly what I wanted from him. The only thing I wanted was for Salman to say the lines and mean the lines. Many times, people enact their lines. I told him to believe in the lines and then say those dialogues. People tend to scream and shout their lines. With Salman, I didn’t face any such difficulty because I know him and he knows me. I wasn’t scared of him either. That helped a lot. I really loved working with Aayush, too. He is one hell of a director’s actor.”


Also asked Salman Khan as to whether he has at any point been critical of Aayush’s performances. Talking about it, the actor joked, “I will tell him something, he will go and tell Arpita this is what Bhai said. Then Arpita will call me and ask me, ‘why did you say that?’ They’ll all ‘ghumaao’ around and get onto me.” Salman then adds, “Aayush is a sensible boy. He knows his work. He has his brain in the right place and knows how to use it as well.”

Continuing on to Aayush Sharma who is portraying a different role this time around, we asked him how it feels to play a villainous character in the wake of playing the part of a lover boy in his debut film. Aayush said, “To play the role that I’ve done in ‘Antim’ required more of a psychological transformation. I never really thought that I’ll have to play a character like this in my second movie. But, more than anything, Mahesh Sir has written the film so beautifully. Also, while I was reading the script, sir was conducting my workshops at the same time. That process really helped me prepare psychologically. I wouldn’t say that the transformation from my character in the first movie is just a physical one, I think it is more of a mental thing. And Mahesh Sir has helped me a lot, in this movie.”

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