Mumbai, Aug 27 : Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is making his acting debut with the film The Dark Side Of Life: Mumbai City, helmed by Tariq Khan, says the director gets all the credit for pushing him into this new role.
On his acting debut, Bhatt told the media here: Tariq Khan is a good and a decent human being. He came to me with this role, and he insisted that I take it up. I have always supported new and honest talent, and Tariq is one such guy. I liked him immediately. He came straight to the point in a very simple manner.
He (Tariq) explained the character to me of this Muslim father, who lives alone and his son lives in the US. He keeps a Hindu boy in his house as a tenant.
According to Bhatt, Tariq has treated this relationship very sensitively, especially in a city where people reach the point of giving up on life and commit suicide.
He said the movie has a message for such people.
Keep on living and struggling with life. I liked that message a lot because suicide is such a reality which society hasn’t dealt with. I think we are in danger from ourselves, so I liked this core as well, Bhatt said.
He found it important to support a brave filmmaker like Tariq.
Suicide is 21st century’s self-generated disease. The dark side of human nature… We are our biggest enemies. This plot has been successfully handled. This is a very unusual plot and handled beautifully… The filmmakers doesn’t make films like this, they just cannot get over the entertainment genre.
So when someone comes up with a different kind of cinema, it is essential that we support him and I have supported him.
Newcomer Avi Pardasani plays the role of the Hindu boy, who lives with Bhatt’s character Zulfikar Hussain, in the film.
On working with the newcomer, Bhatt said: He is such a sensitive child. I liked him the moment I saw him. I really wanted to hug him the moment I see him. He is such a sweet child.
In the film, Bhatt plays a painter. It also features Kay Kay Menon, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Neha Khan and Allisha Khan.Read More