| Ravi Kissen (left) with the cast and crew of Bhajathe Raho, including producer Krishika Lulla, co-actor Vinay Pathak and director Shashant Shah. Telegraph picture |
Ravi Kissen is working hard these days to master the twang of the Delhi tongue for his new Bollywood venture Bhajathe Raho.
A comedy as well as a revenge drama, the film is being produced by Eros International and Multi Screen Media. Shashant Shah (of Dasvidaniya and Chalo Dilli fame) is directing it.
Ravi, who has never played a Delhiite before, said getting a hang of the language of the national capital was a challenge.
“As you know, people in Delhi speak in different languages — Hindi, Punjabi, English and even a little Urdu. There are also several local dialects. As I have never lived in the city, I am hardly familiar with the idioms and slangs,” Kissen told The Telegraph on Sunday, before leaving for Ranchi, where his Bhojpuri Dabbang took on Veer Marathi in Celebrity Cricket League.
He added: “It was tough to enunciate the local dialects. I did a lot of reading before accepting the role. As part of my research, I visited a number of places like Karol Bagh, Dhaula Kuan, Sarojini Nagar, Connaught Place, old Delhi and Vasant Vihar.”
Asked about the role of Sabarwal, the protagonist, the actor said: “I have always taken delight in surprising my audiences. This one will also be a surprise.
“I mustn’t talk too much about my role but I can assure my audience that they will not be disappointed. It will be humorous as well as intense.”
The other actors in the film are Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Tusshar Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia and Kamlesh Gill. “This is the first time I am working with them but they are really wonderful,” said Kissen.
Jaidev Kumar has composed the music for the film, likely to be released in July.
Kissen said: “The first phase of shooting is over. The second phase will start on February 27. It will be shot mostly in the National Capital Region like Gurgaon and Noida.”
Besides Kissen, the production team is also very optimistic about the future of the film.
Director Shashant said: “I love the concept of combining the genres of comedy and revenge drama, laughter with vengeance. I have a wonderful cast and Delhi is the perfect place to shoot it.”
His producer, Krishika Lulla, is all praises for him.
“Shashant is a wonderful storyteller. He has already proved his merit in the previous films he has directed,” she said.
Lulla added: “It was time to do something new with the genres. The audience will be on the edge of their seats and laughing as they watch the movie.”