He­li­copter Eela was an of­fer Rid­dhi Sen couldn’t refuse

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - CITY | ENTERTAINMENT - Rishabh Suri

Ac­tor Rid­dhi Sen is all of 20, yet he won a Na­tional Award for Best Ac­tor this year, mak­ing him the youngest to get the hon­our ever! His up­com­ing re­lease is He­li­copter Eela, in which he plays one of the lead roles, with ac­tor Ka­jol play­ing the role of his mother.

It wasn’t as if he had to au­di­tion to land the film — he was the sole choice for direc­tor Pradeep Sarkar, right from the be­gin­ning. “It was an of­fer you can’t refuse. Dada (as Sarkar is pop­u­larly called by friends and fam­ily) called me. He said he’s mak­ing a movie, three years af­ter Mar­daani (2014), pro­duced by Ajay (Devgn) sir, and they are con­sid­er­ing me to play Ka­jol’s son! I was re­ally lucky, and feel in­debted to dada. It was such a huge project, and one usu­ally has to go through a lot of au­di­tions. He di­rectly called me to Mum­bai,” says Rid­dhi, fur­ther re­veal­ing how the en­tire process was for him.

He says, “I was wait­ing in the of­fice, that abhi ek cam­era aayega, and I will have to au­di­tion. Then one of the as­sis­tant di­rec­tors said, ‘Don’t you know, you are al­ready there in the movie?’ And that very evening I met Ka­jol ma’am.”

How Sarkar shoots his film is dif­fer­ent from other film­mak­ers, and it was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for Rid­dhi.

“The next day (af­ter the meet­ing), we did what dada calls an au­dio book. He gets his lead ac­tors and voice artists, and records the en­tire script. The en­tire thing is per­formed... he puts the back­ground mu­sic, and rough songs. Ba­si­cally, it’s to get an idea of the film,” he signs off.

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

Time flies faster when you have a good time, says ac­tor Rid­dhi Sen about this film, which started in Jan­uary this year and is now all set to hit the­atres.

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