Treated Utkarsh as actor, not son in ‘Genius’: Anil Sharma

Mumbai: Filmmaker Anil Sharma, who has directed his son Utkarsh’s debut movie “Genius”, says he was not gentle with him on the sets at all.

Anil hosted a wrap-up party of “Genius” along with Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Ayesha Jhulka, Aruna Irani and Madhu Chopra, apart from newcomers Ishita and Utkarsh here on Wednesday.

Anil told the media: “Everyone must be thinking that Utkarsh is my son, so I must have treated him gently on the film sets, but that’s not the case. I am a taskmaster as a director.

“I worked with him in ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ as well. When I work as a director, then I only act as a director. That time I only see actors like characters for my film. While shooting for ‘Gadar…’, I made Utkarsh shoot in really tough conditions and late nights as well, so in this film also I have treated him only as an actor who plays the character in my film, and not as a son.”

In “Gadar…”, Utkarsh was a child artiste.

On his experience of working with Utkarsh in “Genius”, Anil said: “It was really great. Since his first film as a child actor, I realised that he has a special talent. Then he did a film production course in the US. I think in this film, he has done a fantastic job with his realistic performance, but now things are in the audience’s hands — whether they will accept him or not as an actor, as I think the image of an actor is largely created by the audience.

“As an actor, you just have to make sure that you have to put your best possible effort in every aspect — be it dancing, action, drama and living the character which you are playing. In this field, fathers cannot shape careers of their child if that has been the case then there would have been so many successful actors from film families”.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays an important character in “Genius”.

On working with him, Anil said: “Everyone knows that Nawaz is a natural and wonderful actor. I remember when I narrated this film’s script to him, he agreed to play the part because he liked the script, and at the same time, he told me that Utkarsh is a natural actor.

“It was easy working with Nawaz as I feel that he acts in a natural flow and such an actor is a boon for the filmmaker. On the other hand, actors who try hard to act are difficult to work with.”

“Genius” is slated to release on August 24.

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