From Sydney With Love, directed by Prateek Chakravorty, tells a simple story of hope, love and dreams. The film features debutants Bidita Bag, Sharad Malhotra and Karan Sagoo. Bidita, who plays Meghaa Banerjee, a small town girl, goes to Sydney on a scholarship to study management.
There she meets and falls in love with Rohit Khurana, played by Sharad Malhotra. There always has to be a villain of the piece, and Suhail Syed, (Karan Sagoo), embodies this character.
Prateek, the grandson of director-producer Pramod Chakravorty, at a recently-held press conference in the city, said he “hopes the audience will appreciate the content of a film rather than its star value.” He said he doesn’t want to take his grandfather’s legacy for granted. “My grandfather has directed some amazing films, most of which were blockbusters. I need to work harder to prove my worth.”
Besides directing, Prateek has written, produced and acted in the film. He jokes and calls himself “i-pod” for the multiple roles he has played. Acting happened by chance. “I wasn’t planning to cast myself, but I fit the character well.”
Sharad, Karan and Bidita, who were also present at the press conference, were a smiling lot, eagerly looking forward to the release of their film.
Sharad, who acted in the tele-serial Main Teri Dulhann, says the transition from the small screen to films wasn’t easy. “In films, you have to give your best to every character. My experience in acting in serials helped, but I drove myself to be perfect in every shot. I grew more confident with each passing day,” says the graduate of the New York Film Academy. Sharad says Rohit is very close to his real-life persona. “Rohit is a Delhi boy, who is carefree and loves to dance and sing. There’s 80 per cent of Sharad in the character,” says the trained kick-boxer, horse rider and Salsa and Bollywood dancer.
Karan’s urge to act was so strong that he quit his career in IT to pursue it full time. “I did a lot of theatre in London, where I grew up. I worked for a few years but when I came to India, I realised that I wanted to be an actor.” Karan found it easy to make a foray into films due to the offers he received for modelling and acting in cameos in Bollywood. He says that acting in films is a different ball game altogether. “Even though I have done theatre, acting in films is very different. One has to be aware of technicalities that come with acting for films.” Karan, like his co-stars, is all praise for Prateek. “He gave us a lot freedom and I admire him for his vision.”
For Bidita, a well-known Bengali film actress, From Sydney With Love is her first Hindi film. She is happy that she has bagged a woman-centric role and looks forward to the film’s release. “I have been at the centre of a lot of controversies, but I have got where I am through hard work without comprising on my principles.” From Sydney With Love, a Pramod films production,will release on August 31 across India.