Handsome actor Ankush Chaudhari, who has always played the hero in Marathi films like Matichya Chuli, Yanda Kartavya Aahe, Ashach Eka Betavar, Checkmate, Duniyadari, to name a few, has now attempted to play a negative role in friend Manava Naik’s directorial debut, Por Bazaar. As the titled suggests, it is about child trafficking.
“When Manava narrated the role to me, I liked it and agreed to play the character of Bhurabhai. This is my first major negative role in films. I was not apprehensive about playing a bad guy because the Marathi audience always welcomes you in any role as long as the subject is good and convincing. That is why a Marathi actor does not have qualms about taking up any kind of roles,” asserts the actor who did a lot of research on the subject after accepting the role.
“Though a special appearance, it is a prominent role and thus I decided to look up on the subject. Moreover, this is the first time such an issue is being handled in Marathi films. We have handled drug trafficking or kidnapping of girls in our films and this is a new topic for us. During my research, I learnt that many a times parents don’t even realise when their child is kidnapped. It is done so smoothly. The kids are mostly taken out of India. Till date, it is not really known how this racket functions. In this film, Manava has tried to tackle this sensitive and topical issue. She has done a good job and it is a must-watch film,” says Ankush whose next is the Kedar Shinde-directed Kalla. Set to release this year, the comedy film has Ankush, Bharat Jadhav and Siddharth Jadhav in double roles. Meanwhile, Ankush, who has directed Saade Maade Teen and No Entry Pudhe Dhoka Aahey, is taking his time to direct another film. “Yes, I don’t have a good script on hand. Today, the trend has changed and I want something that is topical. So I am waiting patiently,” he sums ups.