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Pulkit Samrat in "Bittoo Boss".  

Pulkit Samrat has waited for seven years to realise his dream. The Delhi boy, who came to Mumbai in 2005 to act in films and got the role of Lakshya Virani in “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi,” wanted to act in films. Pulkit's first, “Bittoo Boss,” a film produced by Kumar Mangat and directed by first-timer Supavitra Babul, is releasing on April 13. “It was a long process to bag the role of Bittoo. The director (Supavitra) knew exactly what he wanted, so I had to go through seven auditions. Supavitra even wanted my inputs for Bittoo. So it was an engaging process,” says Pulkit.

Happy-go-lucky character

“Bittoo Boss” is the story of Bittoo, a videographer, living in Anandpur, Punjab. He is street smart and loves life. How love comes his way in the form of Amita Pathak, a rich girl, and how his life changes after that form the crux of the story. “Bittoo is a Punjabi boy, a charmer. He loves his work and stands up for what is right and is against what is wrong. He is the superstar of the town he belongs to,” says the lead actor.

Preparation for this happy-go-lucky character was challenging, he admits. “I had to bring in rawness to Bittoo. Being from Delhi helped with the language, but Anandpur has a dialect of its own. It might sound strange, but I watched “Spiderman,” “Superman” and “Titanic” in Punjabi to master the language. I had to use the camera as if it were part of my body. I got trained in it,” he says.

There are obvious comparisons with the other ‘Punjabi marriage' film “Band Baajaa Baaraat,” but Pulkit is not too disturbed. “It has an obvious recall value. But that's where the similarity ends,” he clarifies.

Having worked in television, theatre and now films, the actor feels he is blessed to have got every opportunity to showcase his acting prowess. Late last year, he was even seen as the lead in Vaibhavi Merchant's play “Taj Express”. “Even this film comes from the makers of ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama' which made a big impact as the first ever guy flick. It's a fantastic opportunity,” he adds.

Ask him if he plans to take a shot ever again at television given his exit from it post a reported tiff with mentor Ekta Kapoor, and he quips, “Everybody's destiny is written. I believe in it. Nobody can stop anyone.” Prodded further, he adds, “Quitting ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' was a professional decision. Ekta and I were quite amicable.”

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