As Sachiin Joshi gears up for the release of his masala potboiler 'Mumbai Mirror', inspired by shutdown of dance bars in the city, we caught up with the actor for a quick chat on the characters and controversy surrounding the film. Excerpts from the interview:
Mallika Sherawat was supposed to do your film, but walked out of the project. Would it have been helpful to have a star like her around during the release?
Gihana, who replaced Mallika in the film, adds a lot of freshness to our movie. Mallika was once a new girl too. Sure, that brand has been built over time, but with time, it has also faded. To be honest, it now feels that Mallika walking out on us was a blessing in disguise.
Your character looks like it is a copy of Salman's Chulbul Pandey from Dabangg. Was that intentional?
It's a masala film but the subject and screenplay is honest and new. You could say that 'Singham', 'Rowdy Rathore' and 'Dabangg' are all the same movies, because the lead actor plays a cop. But Yeda Patil (Sachiin's character) is different. He's a mad guy who wants to deliver justice right there and then. He also goes crazy when he sees a woman being abused.
Was that bit something you added after seeing the events in Delhi?
We finished filming in October, so this was pure coincidence. In the movie, there is a gangrape scene and Patil delivers instant justice to the victim. If every cop in the country were like him, rapes wouldn't happen.
When will we see you romancing your wife Urvashi on screen?
I am exploring the possibility and when it suits us both, we'll go ahead. I really think we can bring our real life chemistry to life on screen. In my scenes with Gihana and Vimla for 'Mumbai Express', I've given my all as a thorough professional but it can never be a hundred percent - not like the hundred percent you could deliver when you're paired with your spouse.
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