It’s been a minute since we watched Jackie Shroff in a movie. The Bollywood star has garnered a lot of love from audiences over the years thanks to his impressive film work spanning decades and his casual off-screen personality. In his latest film, he plays a character that is both new and familiar – a ghost. Titled Atithi Bhooto Bhava, director Hardik Gajjar also stars Pratik Gandhi and Sharmin Segal in key roles. The film is reminiscent of Shroff’s earlier works as he plays Makhan Singh, a wandering soul longing to reconnect with his mortal lover. But that’s not the only reason he signed up to play a spirit attached to Earth. In an exclusive interview with Filmfare, Jackie Shroff revealed what made him choose the role.
Talking about Atithi Bhooto Bhava’s plot, he explained, “A guy returned from the afterlife as a ghost to find his love and he went to the house of a man who couldn’t express his love. So there are two contrasting characters – one is looking for his love while the other has love but can’t express it. He doesn’t think it’s necessary to express love. “
Recalling his Bhoot Unkle (2006) days, he said, “I was thinking about that when they offered me the movie and said it was a ghost role. I said ‘wow I’m done. Bhoot Unkle’, that’s why I wanted to do This. Second, they told me that Pratik Gandhi was in the movie. And I said I saw him as an actor. He was great. great. I know he wouldn’t touch a movie if he didn’t like the content. So that’s the second reason.”
“The third reason is about a man who died and came back only to see his love once again. All of this led me to say yes. Director Hardik Gajjar handled us wonderfully like a father to a child even though he is my child’s age. But aajkal ke bacche baap bangaye hai haha,” he added.
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