Shankar thought acting offer was a joke
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