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‘Pratichhaya’: Newbie Zenia Starr shares her on-set experience


New Delhi: Mukesh Jadhav is all set to bring Agatha Christie alive by giving her one-act play, ‘The Rats,’ a more fleshed out narrative with his upcoming venture, ‘Pratichayya.’

With an interesting cast like Shreyas Talpade, Rahul Dev, Makarand Deshpande and newbies Zenia Starr and Nicholas Brown, this psychological thriller is based on the journey through the maze of a woman’s complex sensitivities and feelings that are both mysterious and at the same time mesmerizing.

“‘Pratichhaya’ was quite an adventure to shoot, I have many good memories of my time in Manali and relationships built. I have the pleasure of essaying Vinny, a bohemian journalist of sorts, who carries her emotions on her sleeve and loves a good story,” Zenia, who is ‘Miss India Australia’ by Raj Suri, told ANI.

‘The Birthday Song’ star added, “There was something warmly familiar about working with Mukesh Sir, perhaps because I have only ever worked with debut film directors. There is something fresh and exciting about such an experience. The cast were all lovely and very inclusive, I remember sharing many a laugh with Makarand Deshpande who always surprised me with his ability to be jovial with us one second and then snap into character the next second when called for a take!”

Talking about Zenia, the 48-year-old director told ANI, “She is a born star, her screen presence and her performance skills are extraordinary. She is one of the most talented and beautiful actresses in the film world.”

Showering praises on the newcomer, 50-year-old Makarand added, “I remember shooting in extreme conditions in Manali. It was freezing cold. During a shot, I saw a girl standing in shorts and couldn’t believe it. I went up to her and asked her why and she said the shot required it. Zenia showed commitment and that she is mentally strong. Zenia was quick to say good things about the other actors and that’s something I appreciate in a working environment.”

The movie not only has a brilliant star cast, but also has Monty Sharma on its team, who has also composed music for movies like ‘Black,’ ‘Ram Leela’ and ‘Saawariya.’

Shreyas, Rahul and Makarand will be playing brothers in this film. Interestingly, the ‘Iqbal’ star, who has mostly been seen in comedy films, will be playing a serious character, while Makarand will be in a never-seen-before role of a mute spectator in the film. Rahul’s character will also face many challenges through the course of the film. (ANI)

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