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Last Updated 21.01.2020 | 11:04 PM IST
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Salim Merchant makes his acting debut as a chef in short film ‘Fired’



Y-Films, Yash Raj Films‘ youth wing, short film anthology ‘Love Shots’ premieres Fired where singer, song-writer, composer Salim Merchant makes his acting debut with the incredibly talented Tillotama Shome [Monsoon Wedding]. Directed by Ankur Tewari, the film tells the story of a young upwardly mobile couple where the wife who’s in a corporate job is fired and meets her chef husband – who makes a shocking revelation of his own. The short also features a unique Hindi Jazz song as part of the original soundtrack composed and performed by Subhi Khanna.

Adds Salim, “I never thought that acting is such an involved art form until I actually started preparing for it. Being a composer and scoring films like Ab Tak Chappan and Chak De! India, among others, I always followed the actor’s timing to know where to score and where not to and I was intrigued with the idea of acting. I’m fortunate to have Ankur (director) and Tillotama who is such a fine actress to spend hours doing readings and workshops preparing for my character.”

Director Ankur Tewari said, “It was amazing working with Salim. He was acting for the first time and he surprised me with his acting abilities. I never thought he would be as good an actor as a musician. Tillotama was amazing as always. They both set off each other’s chemistry very well. The story was quite interesting as well, as it deals with the highs and lows of a relationship, and shows the dark patches that every couple goes through and has to overcome.”

Love Shots is an anthology of 6 short films that explore love in every form, shape and stage in life. It features an absolute never-before coming together of some of the most exciting actors playing delightful characters including Nimrat Kaur, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Salim Merchant, Tillotama Shome, Saqib Saleem, Shweta Tripathi, Farida Jalal, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rhea Chakraborty, Saba Azad & Mohit Marwah, Swanand Kirkire, Shubham Tukaram, Shravani Desai among others. And the soundtrack features 6 original songs by some of the freshest upcoming musicians of today showcasing a range of genres. The 6 music videos will be attached to each individual short film and have been directed by Shraddha Pasi Jairath.

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