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Anil Sharma's son Utkarsh is a 'Genius' at work

Gadar director racks his brains to conjure quite an intriguing Genius poster

Mayur Lookhar

Each time a filmmaker launches their kin, it triggers the talk about nepotism. Well, that debate might start again later. For now, audiences can prepare themselves for the debut of Gadar (2001) director Anil Sharma's son, Utkarsh. The young actor, who played Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel's son in Gadar, is set to make his debut as a leading man with 'Genius'.

Father Anil Sharma is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that his son’s debut makes all the right noise. The makers unveiled the first poster of Genius and to Sharma's credit, it is quite an intriguing one.

The fonts and the style of the title text really catch your attention. Dressed in black suit, Utkarsh is perched on the 'i' and the 's' in the Genius typograph. It is almost easy to miss the ‘at work’ text at the bottom of the poster. 

Sharma and his creative team have put some thought into the creation of this poster. The black suit, shoes and the walking stick almost give a Utkarsh a 'Sherlock Holmes' look, except that the Genius in the film is reported to be fighting ‘dil ki ladaai dimaag se’ (fight the heart's battles with his mind).

Viewers will get to see Utkarsh’s true mettle once the film releases, but the actor does possess some credentials. He underwent training at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute for about a year.

“He (Utkarsh) was good in studies and later, he enrolled in an institute in US to study filmmaking. He also trained at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute for about a year. His strength lies in his sincerity and originality with which he thinks of enacting his scenes,” Sharma had told Times of India last year.

The film went on the floors on 22 May.