ALL set to release his first film Dongri Ka Raja on November 11 under his new banner, Filmy Keeda Productions Pvt Ltd, Torque Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd’s managing director P S Chhatwal proved to be quite a star of the media interaction with his insightful remarks in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Sitting amid the star cast of the film at his office in Sector 34, including director Hadi Ali Abrar, actors Ronit Roy, Gashmeer Mahajani, Reecha Sinha and Ashmit Patel along with associate producer Ravi Singh, Chhatwal shared how it had been a while since he wanted to get into the world of films.
“Before Dongri Ka Raja, I must have gone through 15 odd stories. This particular story caught my fancy because it was a perfect balance of entertainment and reality,” said the business tycoon. Chhatwal added that how he ventured into the film business not for money or fame, but to satisfy the ‘filmi keeda’ within and be able to change people’s lives with the stories he presents.
“I do not wish to waste the audience’s time and money,” said Chhatwal. That he consciously chose to debut with a Hindi commercial film is because of the ‘vast audience’ the language provides and because ‘Punjabi cinema is only looking for humour’.
“Punjabi is a ruined state. it’s no longer Panjab, or land of five rivers. It’s a land of two rivers now and should be called Do-ab,” said Chhatwal.
Clearly passionate about the fare of the state, he added how Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had offered him to join AAP.
“But I do not wish to be part of politics. I like to do things I can manage, and for now it’s pharma and films,” said Chhatwal.
Torque Pharmaceuticals is over 30-years-old and boasts of an annual turnover of Rs 2700 million.
The brand was the first and only to rope in late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh to endorse its product, Torex cough syrup. Other celebrities include Parineeti Chopra, Pulkit Samrat and Kailash Kher.
Meanwhile, the star cast was all praises for the production house. “We had our shoots on schedule, our payments on time, this film was a cakewalk for me,” said Roy, who essays yet another grey character in the film.
“An actor is an audience’s perception, and I guess they perceive me in grey shades, and so far, I have managed to make each character look different. Also, I feel everyone is grey in reality. white is boring and black ends up doing too much,” added Roy, who will be seen against Hrithik Roshan in Kaabil next along with his brother Rohit Roy.
In this, Ronit says it’s ‘a brother’s love that makes his character do what he does’.
Interestingly, both Abrar and Chhatwal have great respect for Ronit Roy. Where Chhatwal feels he is a self-made man, Abrar, while reading the script penned by Mohammad Salim, could only visualise Ronit as underworld don Mansoor Ali.
“Dongri Ka Raja is a love story set in the backdrop of Dongri, a locality known for its notorious activities in Mumbai,” said Abrar.
As it explores the seedy underworld of Dongri, it runs a tale of friendship, love and deceit through it, packing it with enough meat for our teeth to sink into.
“Can love change a place like this, forms the core of the film,” said Abrar, while Chhatwal informed that within six months, a sequel will be out too. “We will have two more sequels to it,” said Chhatwal.
Among the other actors, it’s Mahajani and Sinha as the lead pair, braving through Dongri. While Mahajani comes from a theatre background, experience in Marathi films and has been running a dance academy for 15 years in Pune, Sinha is a software engineer-turned-model-turned-actress debuting with this film.
As for Patel, he plays the upright cop, Siddhant Prabhu, who faces his own dilemmas and learns how to circumvent the system, if not beat it.
Meanwhile, the cast and team of Torque held a gala event at their plant in Baddi on Thursday evening.