Want to revive my grandfather`s legacy: Aditya Samanta

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2012, 14:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Debutant actor Aditya Samanta, who is making his foray into films with home production ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’, says he joined Bollywood to revive his late grandfather`s banner Shakti Films.

Filmmaker Shakti Samanta had churned out classics like ‘Aradhana’, ‘Amar Prem’, ‘An Evening in Paris’ and Aditya said he hopes his modern day love story also leaves the same impression on the audience`s mind.

"Our banner is known for producing some of the best films in the Indian film industry. People still remember my grandfather for delivering back to back hits and I hope I continue his trend. I am nervous and excited. We all have put in so much effort in the film to meet audience`s expectation," Aditya said.

The 26-year-old actor will be seen playing the lead role in the love story set in the backdrop of Rajasthan. He has being cast opposite Sanjay Dutt`s niece Nazia Hussain. Aditya said that he wanted to be a director but it was his grandfather`s wish to see him as an actor and ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’ was his idea.

"It was last in my wish list to launch myself as an actor. I was always interested in film production and direction. My grandfather attended a play, where I was acting as a lead. He liked my performance so much that he told my father (Ashim) that he wanted me to cast him as the lead in his next project. But, unfortunately he passes away," he said.

The film will hit theatres on July 20 and also stars Rati Agnihotri, Farida Jalal, Mukesh Tiwari and Mohnish Behl.

Aditya started his career a little late as compared to other star kids, but he has no qualms about it.

"I may be couple of years late as compared to others but I feel I am confident now to be an actor at this age. I feel prepared to play any character now," he said.

As a newcomer, he does not want to restrict himself to any particular genre and would like to be part of a mixed-bag of films.

"`Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai` is a do or die project for me. I think it will decide my fate as an actor. If I perform well then only I can get other offers. It`s not mandatory that I will work for my home production, I am ready to work with other production houses too," he said.

PTI