In this exclusive interview for Cine Blitz, MALHAR THAKAR, the superstar of Gujarati Cinema whose latest film Vickida No Varghodo is creating ripples all over the country tells JYOTHI VENKATESH that as long as he continues to get good meaty roles in Gujarati films, what’s the harm if he does not stray beyond films in Gujarati.
How has your journey been as a superstar in Gujarati films to date?
I am very happy with the way my career has shaped as far as Gujarati films are concerned. I confess I am lucky enough to have been able to explore a lot in my journey as an actor, though I started very late in my career as I was very busy working in the theatre. I have had a lot of fun working in over 20 Gujarati films till date and have evolved as an actor.
Your latest release is Vickida No Varghodo starring you besides actors like Monal Gajjar, Manasi Rachh and Jhinal Belani. What is your role in the film?
I play a very fun loving cute young school boy in the film who is very organic to the core. It is for the first time that I am working with the young director duo Rahul Bhole and Vinit Kanojia.
Is it true that it was you who had suggested the title Vickyda No Varghodo for the film?
Yes. During a brainstorming session with the producer Sharad Patel and the directors when I was asked to suggest a suitable title, I suggested the title Vickida No Vaghodo and it was unanimously accepted.
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What exactly appealed to you to say yes to the offer when Sharad Patel approached you with the offer?
The story as well as the basic character that I was offered to play in the film appealed to me immensely. I also liked both the directors’ vision and approach to the making of the film.
What else can you throw light as far as the genre of the film Vickyda No Varghodo?
Are you aware of the fact that the genre of the film, as well as my character as a schoolboy, has attracted moviegoers? The story of the film depicts school, college, and real-life situations, of a person who faces several stages of love at different times and ages, and finally the story takes a turn when it comes to making a decision about marriage.
What is the reason that you have till date acted in only Gujarati films? I believe you have acted in as many as 20 films in Gujarati. Why?
Why not? I am very proud of the fact that Gujarati is my mother tongue. As long as I continue to get good meaty roles in Gujarati films, what’s the harm if the Gujarati audiences love me beyond limits and I don’t stray beyond films in Gujarati?
Can you name five favourite films of yours among the 20 and odd Gujarati films in which you have acted till date?
They are Sharto Lagu, Challo Divas, Love Ni Bhavai, Shu Thayu? and last but not the least Saaheb.
How has been your experience working in the film?
Every time I get an offer to do a film, I have to make sure I entertain my audience with some interesting characters. This time I wanted to explore it differently, and which has turned out pretty fantastic for me, so I felt that the character of the schoolboy will be able to make a good connection with the audience because everyone has a school love story.
What are your forthcoming projects?
I have wrapped Manish Saini’s satirical drama ‘Shub Yatra’ and will be seen in that film with Hemin Trivedi, Magan Luhar, Darshan Jariwala, Hitu Kanodia, Sunil Vishrani, Jay Bhatt etc.