Salman Khan speaks great Marathi, says Riteish Deshmukh

Mumbai: Praising Salman Khan for his command over Marathi language, actor-turned-producer Riteish Deshmukh says the superstar was keen on being a part of his Marathi venture `Lai Bhaari`.

Salman will be seen in a special appearance in Riteish`s second Marathi production `Lai Bhaari`, which also marks the latter`s debut in Marathi films as an actor.

"He (Salman) offered to be part of the film. He is a big star. He was gracious enough to tell me that I want to do a scene in the film," Riteish told reporters in an interview here.

"He (Salman) wanted to speak in Marathi as his mother is a Maharashtrian. He speaks great Marathi. We did a fun scene together. I am glad that he is part of the film than anything else," he said.

Excited about getting an opportunity to work with Salman, Riteish said, "I have worked with most of the actors. He was the only one I did not work with. To do a film with him, that too in debut Marathi film is special," he said.

`Lai Bhaari` is directed by national award winning Nishikant Kamat and co-produced by Riteish`s banner Mumbai Film Company and Cinemantra Entertainment.

"It will release by the end of this year, say by December or January (next year). It is an action drama film. This genre is rarely attempted in Marathi cinema. We will try and do something nice with it and hope people like it," Riteish said.

After a successful stint as an actor, Riteish turned producer with Marathi film `Balak Palak`, which did brisk business at the box office.

Riteish, who has previously worked in hit adult comedies
like `Masti`, `Kya Kool Hain Hum`, `Kya Super Kool Hain Hum`, will be returning to the genre with a sequel to `Masti` - titled `Grand Masti`.

"This is my fourth film in this space... I feel the genre is untapped, it is a genre that is fairly successful if done correctly. I am comfortable with any genre. If some actors are not comfortable in this space then it is not my issue, it is fair enough," he said.

"The film is targeted at certain audience. If we are making an adult film, we are keeping the children out," the actor said.

The film will see the trio- Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Riteish - reprising their roles from the first film.

"After nine years we have made a comeback and are doing a sequel to `Masti`. It was a wonderful experience to work with each other. We have taken the film many miles ahead. We did not have to think of recreating the chemistry, we were like house on fire," Riteish said.

Directed by Indra Kumar, `Grand Masti` also stars Kainaat Arora, Bruna Abdullah, Karishma Tanna, Sonalee Kulkarni and Maryam Zakaria. It will hit the theatres on September 13.

Riteish feels if comic scenes are written well, it becomes easy for actors to tickle the funny bone of audience.

"I think any kind of comic sequence is as easy and as difficult as it is written. So, if it is written well then it becomes easy. Sometimes you find it difficult because the humour is not coming out," he added.


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