A scene from Riteish Deshmukh's upcoming film BANJO may instantly remind one of Danny Boyle's film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, especially the toilet sequence where the child took a plunge into the sewer pit and scramble to freedom as the only way to escape after being locked in the outdoor toilet.
Riteish, who is ready to give it his best for National award-winning Marathi filmmaker Ravi Jadhav's Bollywood debut BANJO, recently shot in a sewer for the introductory sequence. And Riteish readily shot for it that too in real locations with the dirt on his body. The actor pulled off the scene without any hassles and gave his best shot.
Where Bollywood heroes usually make an smashing entry on bikes, cars or horses, Riteish will be making a YUCK entry in the film!
“BANJO artists have been a part of Mumbai's landscape for the last 100 years but they have never gained respect for their art. It's a tough job as they usually start playing from morning and go on till midnight without much rest. We wanted to portray how our hero, a Banjo player from the slums, rises with his art. Most heroes arrive on the screen on bikes, cars or horses; mine will emerge from a gutter, “says Ravi.
Riteish who is currently busy promoting HOUSEFULL 3 with co-stars Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Abhishek Bachchan and Lisa Haydon spent days learning the instrument before hitting the sets. Was he skeptical about getting down and dirty in a sewer? “I believe in shooting at real locations. It lends authenticity to a film. Banjo is no different. Riteish was onboard ever since I shared the idea with him, and had no reservations about shooting it either. The entire sequence, shot in Worli, was wrapped up in two hours, “adds Ravi who is now busy with the post production of the film.
According to Ravi, precautions were taken before the final shot. “While we have a doctor on the sets at all times, Riteish was smeared in oil so the grime would come off easily. He has worked really hard on the film, “he asserts.
Indeed Riteish is not letting anything come in the way of his performance
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