Taking on nepotism debate

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Aug 2018 10:26:13


Whether Kangna Ranaut likes it or not, Bollywood is all set to introduce another actor from a film family to the Hindi movie-going audience this week in Anil Sharma’s Genius.

Utkarsh Sharma, son of producer-director Anil Sharma, who will star in the home production, minces no words in defending his adult-debut. He had played a child artist in his father’s hit film Gadar:Ek Prem Katha.
Now, all sorted and sensible at 24, he said, “I really wanted to make my debut with a film outside my home production since the debate on nepotism rages on.
“But when this opportunity came my way it was too tempting to resist just because some people would throw the ‘N’ bomb at my father and me.”

The proud son has seen all of his father’s films. “Even those that were made before I was born. My favourite film directed by my dad is Hukumat.” Utkarsh is okay with the nepotism debate as long as his debut is accepted by the audience.He plays an Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) foreign agent.

“In the film, my character begins as a 17-year-old and the story spans till his 24th year. It is one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across for an actor my age,” Utkarsh said. The role was though meant for a much older actor. “Yes, it was going to be played by an established actor, around 40 years old. Then it was changed and offered to me. I immediately accepted.”