The prolific actor Rishi Kapoor died in April 2020 after a two-year battle with cancer. Before his death, he was working on the film Sharmaji Namkeen starring Juhi Chawal. After his death, Paresh Rawal undertook to complete the film, which will be known as Rishi Kapoor’s last film. The film, directed by Hitesh Bhatia, was released on Amazon Prime Video on March 31. This is probably the first time a character has been tested by two actors who have very different and unique styles. In an interview with Bollywood HungamaHitesh Bhatia talked about the film and his collaboration with Rishi Kapoor.
EXCLUSIVE: Sharmaji Namkeen director Hitesh Bhatia reveals that Rishi Kapoor was not happy with the second half of the film – “He had many contributions”
Speaking about how Rishi Kapoor reacted to the script of the film, which is about a man who discovers his passion during his retirement, Hitesh said: “When he first heard the script, he really fell in love with the idea, the history. And everything. It really felt like we had something good in our hands. But very few people know that he really contributed to the script because he was not very happy with the second half of the film. So he said, “Yaar Hitesh, baaki sab accha hai, but you and Supratik (writer) both have to work in the second half. And he really contributed a lot. He kept calling us after every three or four days, with It took us another two or three months to complete the draft, and then we went back to him and he said, “Okay, now it’s fine. Let’s do it. “So he was quite involved. And that involvement actually continued even when he was in New York for his treatment, he would call us from there. Suddenly, he would have an idea and he would call us and say” Let we do this”.
From paper to screen, it was a long journey of 7 years for the team. Hitesh said that a few days after Rishi Kapoor’s death, he had a call with the producers and the producers unanimously decided that the film would be completed and would be Rishi Kapoor’s last film. After considering VFX and prosthetics as an option, the creators decided to invite Paresh Rawal to complete the film. “I had no idea how this was going to turn out because if it doesn’t work, then you can not show the film because Ranbir, Neetu Kapoor and producers who have a great legacy behind them are involved. So you just had to do justice to all that pressure, If I can use that word, after the first day of filming with Paresh ji, I went back to the editing studio and sat there all night watching the rush together, and then I felt we had something good on hand and it would work. “It works, history will last,” Hittes said.
In addition, he shared his shooting experience with Rishi Kapoor before and after his treatment, “I would say there was no difference between the last and the first few days. That was the beauty of what he was. “He was intimidating and arguing with me. So the joke we made on the first day continued until the last day.”
“I think he had that immortal spirit, full of life that just wanted to live life to the fullest. And I remember just before we started, he was in New York, so we talked and he said, ‘New York, oh, oh, have a drink.’ I asked, “do you drink? Are you not receiving treatment? Why do you have a drink? “He says” no, no, I talked to the doctor, I can have a drink. “It was like I could not drink, then why should I get treatment? “This is the memory I have and this is the memory I tried to give to the audience when they see the film. This is what I want them to remove when they see the end of the film. Let them smile and think because this is the legacy they have.” .
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