‘It would be a dream come true to di­rect Naseerud­din Shah’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Ac­tor Anand Ti­wari (right, above) of De­tec­tive By­omkesh Bak­shy! and Go Goa Gone fame con­sid­ers ac­tor Naseerud­din Shah (right, be­low) as his men­tor. Anand, who is mak­ing his Bol­ly­wood di­rec­to­rial de­but with Love Per Square Foot, says that Shah has in­flu­enced his por­trayal of char­ac­ters on the big screen. He also hopes to di­rect him some­day.

Anand’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Shah be­gan in 2011. “I was re­hears­ing for the play All About My Mother directed by Akash Khu­rana. Ratna Pathak Shah [Shah’s wife] was also a part of it. Naseer sir came for the re­hearsals and spot­ted me. He praised my skills and asked me if I would like to work with him. The first play we did to­gether was By Ge­orge. He is the teacher who has been guid­ing force in my life,” he says.

Af­ter his film re­leases in Septem­ber, Anand says that he would like to do a play with Shah again. “I hope he would cast me,” he adds.

Ratna Pathak Shah plays an im­por­tant role in his de­but film. “I re­mem­ber Naseer sir had ac­tu­ally mes­saged me say­ing that he is also an ac­tor so why wouldn’t I cast him in the film,” he smiles be­fore adding, “It would be a dream come true for me to di­rect him. I have never seen a pas­sion­ate artist like him. The char­ac­ters that I of­fer him must be worth his time and en­ergy. So, that’s why I need to master the art first be­fore I can even think of di­rect­ing him,” he says.

PHOTO: SATISH BATE/HT

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