Teen Ru­draksh Jaiswal on how he broke the ice with Chris Hemsworth and learnt the ropes from the Avengers star »

Mid Day - - Front Page - MOHAR BASU mohar.basu@mid-day.com

FAR away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of Bol­ly­wood, Avengers star Chris Hemsworth is shoot­ing in Ahmed­abad for the Net­flix film, Dhaka. As the city re­mains obliv­i­ous to the pres­ence of a Hol­ly­wood su­per­star amidst them, he is busy mak­ing new desi friends, in­clud­ing 15-yearold child ac­tor Rudhraksh Jaiswal. “I am liv­ing my dream. Chris sir is sweet and down-to-earth. He calls me the lit­tle leg­end,” starts off the teenager when we fi­nally get on a call with him.

Di­rected by Sam Har­grave, the kid­nap ex­trac­tion drama sees Hemsworth play a mer­ce­nary, Rake, who is hired to res­cue the son of a busi­ness­man. Five days into the shoot, Jaiswal says the Hol­ly­wood sen­sa­tion is “an amaz­ing teacher”. “He sits for the script read­ing ses­sions with me and has taught me voice mod­u­la­tion. He is par­tic­u­lar about how lines are de­liv­ered and has taught me the im­por­tance of get­ting the pauses right. He does enough re­hearsal be­fore the cam­era starts rolling.”

Ask him how he broke the ice with Hemsworth, and he re­counts, “On the first day of shoot, I was do­ing my make-up when he came up to me and said, ‘Mate, what’s up?’ I in­stinc­tively called him Thor. He gave me a big hug upon hear­ing that.”

Jaiswal adds that un­like his 2015 In­dia trip, Hemsworth is able to ex­pe­ri­ence the coun­try as an in­sider, this time around. “He is in­trigued by In­dian cus­toms. I keep fill­ing him in about Bol­ly­wood since he doesn’t know much about Hindi cin­ema. He loves eat­ing piz­zas, but main­tains a strict diet, which is why I don’t see him gorg­ing on In­dian treats.”

Back home, his friends in Mum­bai keep re­quest­ing him for self­ies with the Hol­ly­wood star. “I keep send­ing pic­tures of Chris sir and mine to them. When I told them that we work out to­gether, they were over the moon,” he smiles.


Chris Hemsworth with Rudhraksh Jaiswal.

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