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The actor has enacted three different roles in OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE! and I have to admit, Paresh’s [and Abhay’s too] performance bowled me over completely. “Dibakar [Banerjee; the director] deserves the credit. Usme dum hain,” Paresh says with utmost modesty.
Next on the cards is MAHARATHI, a play Paresh had produced and directed in the 1980s. Why didn’t he direct its cinematic version? “Believe me when I say this, I have lost objectivity. The play was of 3 hours’ duration, while the film has a running time of less than 2 hours. I didn’t know what should be retained in the film. Plus, I didn’t want to experiment with the medium [cinema]. I am a novice,” Paresh states.
So how did he decide on Shivam Nair? “Naseerbhai [Naseeruddin Shah] suggested his name. I’d also seen AHISTA AHISTA and although it didn’t work at the box-office, I realized that Shivam knew the job well. Besides, he’s an excellent person, so that helps,” Paresh says.
So how has the experience been? “Wonderful! Watching stalwarts like Naseerbhai and Om-ji perform is the ultimate high for an actor. I’ve learnt so much from them,” he smiles.