Actor Shreyas Talpade proved his worth from his early days in Bollywood. One of his early films, Welcome to Sajjanpur, was highly appreciated by the audience. Directed by filmmaker Shyam Benegal in 2008, the satirical comedy marked his return to the genre after filming ‘Charandas Chor in 1975.
Recalling the memories of working on the film, Shreyas told IANS: “’Welcome to Sajjanpur’ is one of my personal favorites. I had a great time filming the movie. We were in Hyderabad filming for 30 days. “
Shreyas Talpade played the role of a professional letter writer for the uneducated people of her village, as she wanted to become a novel writer. Shyam Benegal beautifully woven his storytelling art into the film’s plot.
Speaking of working with the legendary director, Shreyas Talpade said: “Shyam Benegal is like an encyclopedia of movies. I learned from him, he never stops learning ”. He added: “He was very curious, asked questions and was curious about things. He shared different stories with us. He read a lot and shared that knowledge with others. That’s something that I really admired from him and learned from him. “
Shreyas reflected on Shyam Benegal’s directing method and his equation with his actors. “He trusts his actors a lot. It gave us a lot of freedom to improvise or act on something new. It would make us feel comfortable.
“He told his actors, do whatever you want. Staying in character and setting we add certain things. And if at the editing table, he felt that the scene is not necessary, he cut it. But he said, don’t stop creating something new. At the end of the day, we are creating dreams. We need to make it enjoyable for our audience. “
Shreyas Talpade recalled the heartfelt moments shared after filming with the crew and the director. “Even after the sessions it was a lot of fun. Every day used to be a fun and relaxed session during the day and in the evenings we all worked out in the gym. At 8 o’clock at night we would meet in the restaurant. If someone wanted to have some wine, we would order it and relax. “
He shared how Benegal was particular about his food after filming the movie. “Shyam Babu would order food for all of us and every day he would already tell the chef what he wanted for dinner.
“Whether it’s a chicken or lamb dish. He was very specific about the way his food was supposed to be cooked. And we all sat and talked at the dining room table. There were so many stories that he shared with us. It was a wonderful experience.”
With Shyam Benegal I was working in a different cinema for Shreyas Talpade. Although the actor misses those days, he believes in moving with the times.
“While we’re making movies, sometimes we miss those days and the people we’ve worked with. We better all keep moving. Otherwise, you get stuck in a certain time zone. I don’t think an actor should ever do that. You should make a movie, forget about it and move on. “
“Each story has its own charm and is told in a different way. Things keep changing. You better keep adapting to change. The biggest example of that is Mr. Bachchan. He has worked since the 70s with people like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and today he has also worked with the younger directors. It has adapted very well. It’s a great apprenticeship for any actor, ”concluded Shreyas Talpade.
Shreyas shared that he will soon be seen in his upcoming film ‘Manu Aur Munni Ki Shaadi’ directed by Deepak Sisodia, based on a similar genre to ‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’.
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