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Riteish Deshmukh speaks up on comparison between ‘Banjo’ and Ranbir Kapooor’s ‘Rockstar’, calls it ‘unfair’

It’s been a while when actor Riteish Deshmukh surprised everyone with his new look. He was sported with long hair and beard. But this wasn’t any new style statement instead his look from his forthcoming
India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi August 10, 2016 6:52 IST
India TV Entertainment Desk

It’s been a while when actor Riteish Deshmukh surprised everyone with his new look. He was sported with long hair and beard. But this wasn’t any new style statement instead his look from his forthcoming movie ‘Banjo’.

Ritesih will be seen playing a street musician in the movie. The trailer of the movie was released recently, and soon the comparisons were made between ‘Banjo’ and Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Rockstar’ which too happened to be based on music.

However, Riteish feels that that it would be unfair to compare both the movies as the film and the characters are completely different.

“I'm a big Ranbir Kapoor fan; I really like his work. I think it will be unfair to compare the two films. When you'll see the film and the character, you'll see that both are different characters, so there is no parallel that you can draw. It is like Shah Rukh Khan in a romantic role and Ranbir Kapoor in a romantic role,” Riteish told IANS.

While in terms of looks, there is a similarly with the long locks both actors sport, "Rockstar" was more of a coming-of-age musical journey of Ranbir's character, who performs in concerts while Riteish's character is gifted with the talent of playing Banjo and plays it at street events. While the former was an out-and-out emotional love story, this one has a bit of comedy also in it.

Incidentally, lead actress in both the films was Nargis Fakhri with "Rockstar" being her debut film.

About the film, Riteish said: "'Banjo' is indeed an extremely special film because my friend Ravi Jadhav and Krishika (Lulla, producer) both thought of me in this role, which is probably against so-called type; It is not a comedy, it is a musical. I'm glad that they had faith in me to do this role and I hope that I have lived up to their expectations.

"I was attracted to 'Banjo' because when Ganpati is at home and when you go for the Visarjan, you are in the car singing 'Ganpati Bappa Morya...', but when you look out of the window, it is fully a dhamaal when you see them playing the Banjo, so that attraction was always there and I'm glad that all my dreams I could fulfill with this film."

'Banjo' has been directed by Marathi film director Ravi Jadhav.