’90s villain Shiva set to make solo debut as director

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Mumbai, Sep 17 (IANS) Actor Shiva Rindan, best recalled for his numerous villain acts in the eighties and the nineties, is all set to make his solo directorial debut with a film titled “Kandy Twist”.

“Somewhere down the line, I always wanted to become a director. When I was shooting for ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’, I would watch Aamir Khan and (the film’s director) Mansoor Khan talking about different shots and various issues, and I asked Mansoor sir one day, ‘what does it feel to be a director?’ He told me, ‘It satisfies you creatively’. I feel a director makes his film and people wait for its release, to see how it has shaped up. So, I wanted to become a director whose films people would wait to watch eagerly,” said Shiva, interacting with the media at the trailer launch of his film with the s cast and crew on Monday in Mumbai.

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Shiva became a familiar face in the Bollywood commercial circuit primarily in the nineties, with numerous roles in films including “Hum”, “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”, “Ghatak”, and “Roja”.

He has earlier co-directed a film called “Raqt” in 2013 with Adi Irani, but “Kandy Twist” will mark his solo directorial debut. The film is a crime thriller.

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“It was really a good experience to direct this film. Basically, most of the cast are my friends, and they are really good actors,” he said.

Asked to name his inspirations, Shiva said: “I have taken inspiration from filmmakers such as Mani Ratnam and Mukul Anand. Apart from them, I feel that new filmmakers also teach you a lot. I never differentiated between A-grade and B-grade filmmakers. I just wanted to learn good things from them.”

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“Kandy Twist” features Akshay Khardia, Divya Singh, Pari Chaudhary, Shiva Singh, Adi Irani, Arti Joshi, Nirmal Guneria, Ashish Mishra, Dinero Ash and Greg De Souza in key roles.



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