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Don't Compare Banjo and Rockstar. 'It's Unfair,' Says Riteish Deshmukh

"Banjo is indeed an extremely special film because my friend Ravi Jadhav and Krishika Lulla (producer) both thought of me in this role, which is probably against a so-called type. It is not a comedy. It is a musical," said Riteish Deshmukh

  | August 10, 2016 16:41 IST (Mumbai)
Banjo

Stills from Banjo and Rockstar.

Highlights

  • Banjo stars Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri in the lead roles
  • I think it will be unfair to compare Banjo and Rockstar: Riteish
  • Riteish said that Banjo is an 'extremely special film'
Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who plays a musician in film Banjo, said that it would be unfair to compare the film to actor Ranbir Kapoor's Rockstar as the film and the characters are completely different.
When Riteish was asked about Banjo's comparisons with Rockstar, he said: "I'm a big Ranbir Kapoor fan. I really like his work. I think it will be unfair to compare the two films. When you'll see the film and the character, you'll see that both are different characters. So there is no parallel that you can draw. It is like Shah Rukh Khan in a romantic role and Ranbir Kapoor in a romantic role."
In terms of the lead character's look, there is a similarly with the long locks both actors sport. Rockstar was more of a coming-of-age musical journey of Ranbir's character, who performs in concerts while Riteish's character is gifted with the talent of playing a Banjo, who plays it at street events. While Rockstar was an out-and-out emotional love story, Banjo has a bit of comedy in it.
Incidentally, Nargis Fakhri featured in Rockstar and will also be seen in Banjo.
"Banjo is indeed an extremely special film because my friend Ravi Jadhav and Krishika Lulla (producer) both thought of me in this role, which is probably against a so-called type. It is not a comedy. It is a musical. I'm glad that they had faith in me to do this role and I hope that I have lived up to their expectations," said Riteish.
"I was attracted to Banjo because when Ganpati is at home and you go for the Visarjan, you are in the car singing 'Ganpati Bappa Morya.' But when you look out of the window, it is fully a dhamaal when you see them playing the Banjo. So that attraction was always there and I'm glad that I could fulfill all my dreams with this film," said Riteish.
Banjo has been directed by Ravi Jadhav.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

 
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