AS HE TEAMS UP WITH RAJSHRI PRODUCTIONS AGAIN AFTER ALMOST A DECADE, SACHIN PILGAONKAR TALKS ABOUT THEIR FORTHCOMING MOVIE alt39 JAANA PEHCHANAalt39

VIVEK KAR

Sachin Pilgaonkar has been on the Bollywood scene since

long and is a great star in Marathi cinema.

Having done a super hit film like alt39 Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Sealt39 with the Rajshri camp, Sachin is back to working with them in alt39 Jaana Pehchanaalt39. Sachin has written the screenplay and will be directing it apart from acting in the film.

How does it feel to get back to the same production house after such a long time?

It really feels great to work with Rajshri.

Though I did not work with them for so long, I never felt that I was away from them. It has been a second home for me and this is like a family reunion.

Tell about your film

alt39 Jaana Pehchanaalt39. alt39 Jaana Pehchanaalt39 is basically a sequel to the hit film alt39 Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Sealt39. In alt39 AKJSalt39 we saw romance between Arun Mathur and Lily Fernandes but unfortunately Arun was left alone after Lilys death and he has been living in her memory since then. alt39 Jaana Pehchanaalt39 introduces Asha, an author, who has an uncanny resemblance to Lily. She walks into the life of Arun Mathur to write his biography.

What follows from then is a contemporary love story with a beautiful blend of old school romance combined with young love.

What made you act and direct the movie? It is a great opportunity for any director to work with such a big banner. The concept is very unique which drew me closer to the film. It is an emotional, sensitive, romantic and contemporary story which has never been tackled in the Indian cinema.

It is a challenge to portray the nuances of a relationship between two protagonists.

You have used the word alt39 uniquealt39 to describe alt39 Jaana Pehchanaalt39. What should the audiences expect? You will have to go and watch the movie to know why it is unique. I wonalt39t spoil the surprise element but all I can say is that you will see a 22- year- old Sachin and also Ranjeeta.

Tell us about working with Ranjeeta again.

It is very rare in the industry to see a popular on screen couple come together again in a sequel of a film, that too after so many years. We worked together in alt39 Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Sealt39 and the audience loved our chemistry. She is such a brilliant actor. It is a great pleasure to work with her even as a director.

Will you also be singing in the movie? It was not my decision to sing but our music director Ravindra Jain thought that my voice would suit the character I play in the film. It was not too tough for me because even earlier I have sung.

Apart from acting, directing and singing in alt39 Jaana Pehchanaalt39, you have also written the script. Is it too much of a pressure? Multitasking has always come naturally to me. For all my Marathi films as well, I have involved myself in the screenplays, direction and production along with acting. So all these things were not new for me. In fact, the process is much more exciting.

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