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That he had a spark of acting was noticed first when he was all of five. He featured as a child artiste in Marathi film Sakharpuda,television serials Tu Tu Main Main,Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai and Hindi film Hum Dono. In 2009,his directorial venture Marathi film Satya which also saw him playing the lead role,went on to win the Maharashtra State Award. In 2010,he set a new benchmark in Marathi cinema with his self-directed Marathi film Mission Possible a youth-oriented film that was applauded for its slick presentation,which was at par with any big-budget Bollywood film. Now,with his latest project,Its Too Much,Pune-based Marathi film actor Pushkar Jog forays into the Hindi film industry as an actor and director.
Entering Hindi films is a step that seemed natural and logical at this juncture of my career. The reasons are simple the creative canvas is bigger,and so is the audience. Besides,I have grown up watching and admiring Hindi cinema and was always drawn towards it, says the 28-year-old Jog.
Its Too Much,he says,is a romcom about a young London-based couple in a live-in relationship. Its a light-hearted film. The couple break up and patch up several times in the film,and all this is combined with several comic incidences, he explains.
Jog,whos playing the lead role,is paired opposite Indo-Brit actor Armeena Rana Khan. Armeena suited the character I had in mind to the T. Since she herself is based in London,her mannerism and body language complemented the role, he shares.
Not many know that Jog is also a dentist. He says,Although I was always keen on making a career in acting,my father wanted me to finish formal education first. So,I had told him that for his happiness,I will finish my degree in dentistry but the day I step out,I will be in front of the camera. And so,right after he finished his bachelors in dentistry from Bharati Vidyapeeth,Pune,he started working on Satya.
Donning the directors hat and playing the films hero wasnt an easy task,says Jog. It was made possible because of my associate director Tibo Travers,who did a fantastic job while I was giving shots, he says.
Shot across the UK,the film which has music by Saii-Piyush and playback singing by the likes of Lucky Ali,Adnan Sami,Salim-Merchant and Kunaal Ganjawala,will release on October 25. Aware about Hindi film industrys volatile structure,he says,I know that if the film doesnt do well,I wont get a second chance. But since the film is performance-oriented,Im sure my work wont go unnoticed.