A few months back it was announced that veteran actor Jackie Shroff will be making his Gujarati debut with the adaptation of Rajesh Mapuskar’s Marathi comedy-drama VENTILATOR, which had bagged three National Awards. Helmed by debutant director Umang Vyas, the adaptation is written by acclaimed scriptwriter Niren Bhatt, who has previously written the National Award- winning thriller-drama WRONG SIDE RAJU, Umesh Shukla’s ALL IS WELL and the Salman Khan-produced LOVERATRI, that features his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma. The talented Karan Vyas has co-written the script which also features Gujarati actor Pratik Gandhi in a pivotal role.
Shroff had begun shooting for his Gujarati debut film, on March 23, 2018, and it was recently revealed that the original VENTILATOR director Mapuskar will be making a special appearance in the film. However, the surprises don’t end there as the makers have now roped in the supremely talented and Shroff’s long-time co-star. Juhi Chalwa to do a cameo as a doctor in the film. The duo have worked together in more than half a dozen films including AAINA, GANG, ONE 2 KA 4 and the last being Nagesh Kukunoor’s 2003 crime film 3 DEEWAREIN. They have now reunited on the big screen after 15 years.
“I have done films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Punjabi and wanted to work in a Marathi and Gujarati film too, so when Jaggu dada told me that the makers were considering me for this part I was super excited to be a part of it. I am happy that I can now say that I have also done one Gujarati film,” informed Juhi, who shot for her part in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Her lines in the much awaited film are a mix of Hindi and Gujarati. “My best friend when I was four wasa Gujarati, and I am even married to one (Jay Mehta, husband), so I am familiar with the languagethough I don’t speak much of it as I feel shy,” laughed Juhi, who is all praise for the original film. “It’s adelightful movie, sometimes touching, sometimes serious but mostly funny. I am really excited to be apart of it,” she said, adding that she was super excited to work with Shroff again. “While we haven’t shot for a film in a long-time we have been in touch on and off as we keep meeting each other at events and shows. It’s always a pleasure to work with Jaggu dada,” Juhi smiled.