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    Sharib Hashmi ’s Filmistaan promises to be a laugh riot that will impress movie lovers

    WITH a film journalist as his father, Sharib Hashmi was introduced to Bollywood at a very young age. Coming home to celebrities, attending previews and even shoots of movies, Hashmi had seen it all. So playing the role of Sunny in the movie Filmistaan, was far from intimidating for this debutant. “I play someone who wants to be an actor but ends up as an assistant director for a film being shot by Americans. While shooting at the border, I’m kidnapped by Pakistanis and what happens next is the story,” says the Mumbai-based actor, who has also co-written the film with Nitin Kakkar. Actor Amitabh Bachchan appreciated the movie’s trailer and the film has been screened at the Busan International Film Festival and International Film Festival of Kerala.

    stills-2Is Hashmi a Bollywood fanatic in real life? “I am not as bad as Sunny, who includes film dialogues in his life. But yes, I love movies. The most challenging part was getting a Punjabi accent,” he says. Hashmi previously worked as a script writer for music channels like MTV and ETC. “I never grew after hitting  5’4” and so, I lost all hope of acting. I started writing scripts for TV channels. It took me a while to get my own film,” says Hashmi, who is worried about being typecast as a comic actor. “I want to try different genres like the ones made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. I do not like preachy movies, but rather the light-hearted ones that come with a message,” says Hashmi.

    Filmistaan is scheduled to release on June 6.

    -Mrinalini Sundar

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