In an exclusive talk with Nagpur Today, Riteish Deshmukh said that he wanted to experiment with a different role with a different script / story etc. He said that it was a moment of pride for him. As he sipped his cup of morning Coffee, he opened his heart and spoke of his venturing into Marathi movies. Riteish was in Nagpur to promote his latest Marathi movie “Lai Bhaari”.
NT: This is the first Marathi movie I which you are acting in, Why did you take so long to enter into Marathi movies?
Riteish: It is just that I was waiting for the right time, the right story / script, which appeals to me. So I entered into Marathi movies now.
NT: You are soon going to be a father. How do you intend to schedule your time so that you can spend some time with your kid?
Riteish: When the time comes, I’ll deal with it. However, I would definitely like to spend quality time with my child.
NT: Marathi Movies do well, when they are advertized and marketed well. What is your opinion?
Riteish: Everything in today’s world including movies perform well in the box office when they are advertized and marketed well. Marathi movie directors, producers too have realized this and have changed the strategy and are spending sufficient money to advertize and market their movies. He added that we have just realized that with good marketing and advertisement especially in social marketing can help win an election too.
NT: What are you looking for in the transition from Hindi movies to Marathi movies? From various other roles that you have assayed, you are moving to do an action hero role, why?
Riteish: After 10 years of movie, you do not have to prove yourself to anyone. You just enjoy doing different roles that appeal to you. I have been always been very choosy to selecting roles, script and story.
NT: Do you intend to do movies of other languages like Tamil, Bihari, Bengali etc?
Riteish: No one has offered me roles in these movies as yet. If offered, I would definitely do movies in other languages. However, the story line should appeal to me.
NT: Personally, What is your educational qualification? Have to done any specific degree or course in Performing Arts?
Riteish: I am a Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture. I have not done any course of degree in Performing arts.
NT: What is your message for the Youth of Nagpur city?
Riteish: My only message for Nagpur Youth is “Respect Women”. This of course is a message to all the youth throughout the country. Riteish added that the only way a woman or girl like you is when she sees you respecting women. Every woman needs to enjoy her freedom the same way a man enjoys. I believe in equality of both men and women.
The interview was coordinated by Sanjay Kukreja of Balaji Entertainment.
As told to Samuel Gunasekharan
Pics By – Amol Gajbhiye