Superstar of Bengal Jeet forayed into the pan-India market as an actor as well as a producer under his banner Jeetz Filmworks. His film Chengiz directed by Rajesh Ganguly is set in the era between the 1970s and 1990s. the film covers the underworld fabric of the city of joy, Calcutta.
Talking about what about Chengiz fascinated him, Jeet said, “As an actor or producer, I have never done a film that was set in the era of the 90s. As an actor, it was exciting for me. As producers, we thought that if we could create that era of the 90s, visually it would look great.”
His co-star Susmita Chatterjee said, “I like Masala, Dhamaka, and Entertainment in life. My life is always like that, it’s never simple. In films too, I love this.”
Talking about sharing the screen space with Jeet, the 25-year-old actress said, “On the first day, I was extremely nervous because I was going to act opposite to Jeet Sir. It was a big day for me. I was also working with the director for the first time. You know what is expected from you but when you go on the set, you see the reality. No matter how much you have prepared, your brain stops functioning. It’s only heart from then onwards. I was nervous on the last day as well. But I enjoyed it.”
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What was it like for superstar Jeet at the start of this action extravaganza film? The Raavan-actor said, “Every new film or character that you approach on the first day, you have those jitters – whether I’m getting it right or not. But we had done many readings and narrations. So, somewhere, I had already gotten into the skin of the character. But you always have those doubts in the first few days. Later on, it becomes seamless.”
“And after you’ve finished shooting, there’s another stress – what I did was good or bad. Once the audience sees the film and they like it, then we feel that we have done a good job,” added the 45-year-old actor.
Sharing his feelings ahead of the release of his first pan-India release, Jeet said, “By God’s grace everything looks fine so far. Certain things that we didn’t expect are also happening. So, we’re pretty content and happy with the space. But we know that there’s a long way to go. We have to keep doing something that will heat up the film.”
The story of Chengiz is co-written by Bollywood’s renowned filmmaker Neeraj Pandey along with director Rajesh Ganguly. The film stars Jeet, Susmita Chatterjee, Rohit Roy, Shataf Faigar and released in cinemas on April 21.