Hitting the Jackpot

Ahead of the release of his film,actor Sachiin Joshi on growing up in Pune and learning from Naseeruddin Shah

Published: December 11, 2013 3:58 am

Sharing screen space with master actor Naseeruddin Shah and Sunny Leone in a single project,actor Sachiin Joshi seems to have hit a professional “jackpot”. In the middle of touring cities to promote his film Jackpot,which is set to release on the once-in-a-century date — 13/12/13 — Joshi talks about learning from Shah,the intimate scenes with Leone and knowing her as more than a glamour doll.

The actor,who is two films old in Bollywood,says when director Kaizad Gustad narrated the script,he instantly wanted to be a part of it. The film is a comedy set amid the world of casino boats and gambling in Goa. Joshi plays the role of Francis,an ambitious Goan boy. “Kaizad’s wit is contagious and I got hooked,” says Joshi,who grew up in Pune and still calls it “home”.

Looking back to his years in the city,Joshi says his house and the Film and Television Institute of India had a common wall. “I used to enjoy observing FTII students shoot films and even acted in documentaries since I was eight,” he says,adding that when he got offers in the Telugu film industry it also became his career choice. Jackpot,Joshi says,was a great opportunity. He feels Shah is an institution in himself. “My strength lies in just being myself,however,it is not easy to match up to Naseer saab. So one works harder on the scenes,” he adds.

On his intimate scenes with Leone,the actor says it is not the film’s highlight. “The script is the film’s strength. But Leone is known for her glamour quotient,so there were bound to be some scenes,” says Joshi. He shares that he and Leone have been friends since she is the brand ambassador of an energy drink that his father’s company produces. “Sunny is very hardworking and a child at heart. She would play pranks on the sets. Working with her was fun,” he says.

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