I’m not star material”

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After wowing everyone in Raanjhana, Southern superstar Dhanush is set to dazzle in Shamitabh. Vivek Bhatia turns the tape on


How did Shamitabh happen?

After the release of Raanjhana, Balki sir (R Balki) sent me a text asking me to meet him. I wasn’t sure whether he’d messaged for a probable opportunity to work with him or with Gauri ma’am (Gauri Shinde, R Balki’s wife). I was confused. I remember talking to Aanand L. Rai when I was on my way to meet Balki sir. He told me, “If Balki sir offers you a film he’s directing, please don’t say no. Just do it!” He knew that I’m choosy about my scripts. I’m not star material. I’ve been a fan of Balki sir’s work too. I’d hoped that I’d work with him someday. So his message was a pleasant surprise. The narration went so well, I was blown away. I couldn’t say no.

You mentioned that you’re not star material…

It’s true. I’m just a performer. I understand my strengths and weaknesses and then choose a script based on my strengths. How much the audience relates to the characters I play also defines my strengths.

How was it sharing screen space with Amitabh Bachchan?

It was a great honour and privilege. Especially, working with him on a strong script like Shamitabh, where there’s equal scope to excel in hard-hitting, intense scenes. It was an unbelievable experience. It’s a gift from God.

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