Nargis Fakhri plays herself in Banjo: Producer Krishika Lulla

The actress reveals the reason for signing the film.

Keyur Seta

The first trailer of Ravi Jadhav’s Banjo has been receiving a thumbs up ever since it was released yesterday. The film sees Riteish Deshmukh playing the central role of the leader of a banjo group. Nargis Fakhri, too, has an important part in the film. It is evident from the promo that it is her character that makes Deshmukh and their group dream big and make it to the international music arena.

As Fakhri is playing a women from a foreign country, it gives a feeling that her character might be similar to her real self. This was confirmed by the film’s producer, Krishika Lulla of Eros International, during the trailer launch. In fact, Lulla went on to say that the Madras Cafe (2013) actress plays herself in the film. “Nargis played herself, I felt. That’s what she felt too when she heard the script,” she said. 

However, later, during the media interaction, Fakhri said she did not sign the film because her character resembled her real self. “It wasn’t that that made me sign. It was the story of these street players. For me, it [the film] was all about hope. I remember listening to it. There are not many films that you hear that touch your heart and resonate with your soul.”

Banjo is the Hindi film debut of Jadhav. The film releases on 23 September 2016.