Jackky Bhagnani, who plays Abhimanyu Kaul, a young Prime Minister, in Youngistaan, says the role is very close to his heart. Though all his colleagues have appreciated his performance, the actor cannot forget Farooque Shaikh’s words.
After shooting together for an intense scene, the late actor sent Jackky an SMS which went like, “Aadab Jackky sahab, Maashaallah aapne bahut hi achha scene kiya aaj (sic). You’ve really got a grip on the character I think.”
Director Syed Ahmad Afzal says, “I appreciate Jackky’s ability to absorb a character to the extent that he starts living it. I have minutely observed how he internalised Abhimanyu.”
His leading lady Neha Sharma also recalls how he made the team feel at ease. “He’s pleasant to work with and ensures that the mood on the set is very light. He’s disciplined, punctual and hard-working; I’ve never seen him cheat on his diet.”
Executive producer Pranjal Khandhiya says, “Jackky represents the carefree, yet determined character of today’s youth. He has made Abhimanyu a real-life young Indian, who decides to be the change he wishes to see.” The film also stars Boman Irani and Kayoze Irani.
Youngistaan, produced by MSM Motion Pictures and Pooja Entertainment & Films Ltd, releases March 28.