Winds Of Change

L'Officiel India|October 2019

Winds Of Change
Nurturing dreams stemmed from pure act of passion will go a long way to see the light of the day and these star kids wouldn’t have it any other way. All set to step into the ‘goodbad’ world of Bollywood, Namashi Chakraborty and Amrin Qureshi have their heart and mind in the right place.
Shivpriya Bajpai
If you think all that it takes to step into the tinsel town are star parents, then you read them wrong. The young and dynamic duo – Namashi Chakraborty and Amrin Qureshi are geared up to carry on the legacy of Mithun Chakraborty and Sajid Qureshi with their deep-rooted passion and love for Indian cinema. With their debut venture, Bad Boy, a romantic comedy directed by the veteran filmmaker Raj Kumar Santoshi, slated for a January 2020 theatrical release, Namashi and Amrin want to sink in the feeling and enjoy every moment. They get candid about their roles, learning graphs, on facing comparisons, and more, in an exclusive interview. Edited excerpts…

Congratulations on your debut film, Bad Boy. How are you keeping it together at this moment of major adrenaline?

NC: I am thankful and grateful to have been given this opportunity. Working with Sajid bhai and Rajkumar Santoshi sir, I mean it can’t get better than this, especially for a debutante.

AQ: Honestly, I myself don’t know how I am keeping up with this. It feels surreal at times. This is our dream and we have given it our best. We cannot wait for everyone to see our hard work.

Tell us something about the film and your characters. How did you decide upon ‘romantic comedy’ as your debut genre?

NC: As a debutante, I didn’t have the luxury to decide. I was chosen for the role. But to my luck, the genre is 'romantic comedy' which happens to be my comfort zone. So, Bad Boy is basically a love story of this roadside Romeo who falls in love with a girl who comes from a very authoritative family, and how their romance creates a lot of hilarious moments in their lives.

AQ: I am not allowed to reveal much about the film or the character, but all I can say is that I am emotionally attached to ‘her’. She holds a special place in my heart that will last forever. It is crazy how I am similar with the character that I play, in so many ways. I can assure you that the audience will relate to ‘her’ and connect with ‘her’ authenticity.

It’s a dream come true to work under the veteran director, Rajkumar Santoshi. How was the vibe on the sets? Was it intimidating at any point? NC: Firstly, it is a dream come true and I don’t mean that as an exaggeration. I have grown up on his films; Damini, Ghatak, Ghayal, Andaz Apna Apna, Barsaat, I have seen all of his films right from Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani to Phata Poster Nikhla Hero. It was a dream come true when he agreed to direct my debut venture. The vibe on the set was intense as he is such a demanding director and a perfectionist. So, it took me a while to get into the groove, but once I did, it was the most fulfilling experience.

AQ: Working with Rajkumar Santoshi sir makes me feel like I have already gained the experience of four more movies for he is an incredibly knowledgeable individual. He is a creative genius. There was never a dull moment with him around. Sir always treated us like his kids with so much care and affection. Also, at the same time, his professionalism didn’t let us get distracted from the real purpose.

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