hardly a few films old, Jackky Bhagnani will be seen playing a young Prime Minister in his next, Youngistaan, and is happy that his movie will be releasing at a time when election fever will be catching on amongst the citizens of India.
“If people are not getting what they ideally want from their leaders, here’s me playing a dream politician who has fun, goes on dates and still does the right things for the country,” says the actor.
Jackky says he was motivated by many real-life incidents. “I observed various leaders and learnt what to do and what not to. As a young PM, the film will see me addressing issues like banking, income tax and agricultural reforms, and voting, especially among the youth,” he elaborates.
Jackky says director Syed Ahmad Afzal has ensured that the film isn’t preachy. “A topic like this could get preachy, so to keep it real and entertaining was our biggest challenge. Doing this role has been an eye-opener; it has helped me grow as a person. I’ve travelled and interacted with people across the country,” he says.
The actor also has fond memories of working with the late Farooque Shaikh. “He was and is the biggest motivating factor in this film. He shared a lot of inputs and suggestions, based on his experience as a social activist. He has guided Afzal, Neha (Sharma), me and the rest of the team. He was more than just a co-actor and mentor,” recollects Jackky. The film also stars Boman Irani and Kayoze Irani.
Youngistaan, produced by MSM Motion Pictures and Pooja Entertainment and Films Ltd, releases March 28.