Shankar thought act­ing of­fer was a joke

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Shankar Ma­hade­van (left) has made his act­ing de­but with a Marathi film, but the mu­sic com­poser says when the makers ap­proached him with the role he thought they were pulling a prank on him.

Ma­hade­van, who is part of the fa­mous com­poser trio, Shankar–Eh­saan–Loy, plays a mu­si­cian in Su­bodh Bhave’s di­rec­to­rial de­but, which is based on a play by the same name.

The 48-year-old Na­tional Award-win­ning singer says he over­came his ini­tial hes­i­ta­tion about the film be­cause he did not want to let go of such an in­ter­est­ing project. “When the of­fer came to me, be­ing the kind of per­son that I am, I went on the de­fen­sive think­ing he must be jok­ing. How­ever, Su­bodh con­vinced me that I suited the role per­fectly as it is the role of a mu­si­cian,” says Ma­hade­van. “I de­cided to come on board and did not worry whether I would suc­ceed as it is based on a leg­endary play, and I felt that I may not get an op­por­tu­nity to be part of a film like this the sec­ond time.” Ma­hade­van says it was only af­ter join­ing the project that he re­alised how chal­leng­ing it was to play the char­ac­ter of Pan­dit Bhanushankar Shas­tri.

When the of­fer came to me I went on the de­fen­sive think­ing that he must be jok­ing Shankar Ma­hade­van, mu­sic com­poser

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