It’s been a minute since we watched Jackie Shroff in the movie. Over the years, the Bollywood star has won over audiences for his impressive film work spanning decades and his down-to-earth off-screen personality. In his latest film, he takes on a character that is both fresh and familiar – the ghost. The title is Atithi Bhooto Bhava, directed by Hardik Gajjar, and also features Pratik Gandhi and Sharmin Segal in key roles. The film brings back memories of Shroff’s previous work as he plays Makhan Singh, a wandering spirit longing to reconnect with his mortal lover. But that’s not the only reason he signed on to play the Earth-bound spirit. In an exclusive interview with Filmfare, Jackie Shroff revealed what led him to the role.
Talking about the storyline of Atithi Bhooto Bhava, he explained: “A man comes back from life as a ghost to find his love and he comes to the home of someone who cannot express his love. It’s amazing. So there are two contrasting characters. – One is looking for his love and the other has love but cannot express it. He sees no need to express love.”
Recalling his days at Bhoot Unkle (2006), he said: “I thought of this when they offered me the film and said it was a ghostly character. I said ‘Wow, I’ve done Bhoot Unkle’, that’s why I want to do it Second, they told me that Pratik Gandhi was in the movie. I said I had seen him as an actor. He was great. I knew that if he didn’t like the content of the movie, he would Can’t touch movies. So that’s the second reason.”
“The third reason is that a man dies and comes back just to see his love once. All these things make me say yes. Director Hardik Gajjar handled us very beautifully, like a father to a child, even though he and My son is the same age. But aajkal ke bacche baap bangaye hai haha,” he added.