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Child star Saksham Kulkarni grows up

Friday, April 26, 2013
By Sandeep Hattangadi

Saksham Kulkarni will be seen as Vishwanath in Suneel Advani directed children’s film Life Mein Hungama Hai (LMHH). It’s story is based on a novel by Ruskin Bond. Saksham, who has done super-hit Marathi films like Pak Pak pakak, De dhakka, Shikshanachya aaicha gho, Fakta ladh mhana and recent hit Kakasparsha will be seen in as a protagonist in Hindi film for the first time. Saksham has won the Asian best actor award in Singapore in 2006 for Marathi film Pak Pak Pakaak. Excerpts:

What is LMHH about?
LMHH is my first Hindi film. I was in Std X when I did this film. It was a great experience as I got an opportunity to work with eminent actors like Jackie Shroff, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Urmila Matondkar, Satish Shah and others. It is a journey of two kids — Vishy (me) and Sunny (Sonu) from their school in Dehradun to Jamnagar port to board a ship and sail to see the world. Many adventures await them in this journey. The film gives a message about education is important to every child.

About your character?
I play the character of Vishy who is an obedient child in school, intelligent and good in academics. He always feels that nature is the ultimate teacher.

Have you read this novel on which LMHH is based?
Yes, when I read the book as well as the screenplay of the film I was very excited. The film looked promising and challenging. Plus, it had a very powerful cast. So I knew I was going to learn a lot while doing the film.

How was the experience working with Jackie Shroff, Boman, Paresh and Urmila Matondkar?
Jackie Shroff was extremely friendly and it was great fun working with him. The scenes with Paresh Rawal were shot in and around Jaipur. It was a great learning experience. Urmila Matondkar made me very comfortable during the song and dance sequence and it is one of the highlights of the film. It was great to see how an actor like Boman Irani can make a small role so memorable. It was a treat to watch and respond to the comedy of Satish Shah. It was like I was in an acting school, learning.

Tell us about your co-star Sonu Bakshi ?
It is quite evident in the film that Sonu and me had become good friends during the shooting. Sonu is very nice actor. So many times we discussed about our scenes and how to do them best. On set we did have lots of fun.

Is there any incident that you recall while shooting for this film?
In this film I got a chance to do things like singing, dancing, fighting and a great stunt which I could pull off during the train sequence at that age. This stunt is definitely the highlight of the film and a memorable experience for me. The songs of the film are beautifully composed, sung and choreographed.

Comment on your director Sunil Advani ?
Relations with the director, Sunil sir were like family right from the beginning. It was only because of Sunil uncle’s support that I could manage studies and shooting easily.

What is the USP of the film?
This film is based on the story by Ruskin Bond which gives a clear message. The film is not just entertaining but thought provoking as well. It is truly a great family film and a must watch.

How do you feel when people around you call you an award winner?
Quite good. I was the first Indian actor to receive the Best Male Actor award in the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore at age 13.

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