Slow and steady, Taaha Shah hopes to win the race

Debarati Palit
Monday, 9 October 2017

The actor talks about his upcoming film Ranchi Diaries and how he is hopeful of getting the right kind of films

Baar Baar Dekho-fame actor Taaha Shah will be next seen playing the lead in Anupam Kher’s production Ranchi Diaries. The film also stars Himanshu Kohli, Soundarya Sharma, Anupam and others.

Taaha says that Ranchi Diaries is a coming-of-age story of the underdogs. “It’s a story about this group of young people who want to achieve their dreams but get into trouble. The film is about a bank heist and whether this group is able to get the money or not...well, that’s the plot. It’s a thriller,” says Taaha while promoting the film, directed by Sattwik Mohanty.

The film is releasing on October 13. The star cast is going all out to promote the film and also visited cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s house in Ranchi.

Talking about his character, Taaha says, “I play a character called Pinku. Everyone refers to him as the Godfather. He loves taking charge of every situation. Because he bullies around, he is always at an advantage.”
Can we call Pinku a negative character? “Not at all. Pinku is not a mean bully. He is a very positive character,” he says.

The actor, who has worked in films like Luv Ka The End, Gippi and Barkhaa, says that he fell in love with the script, the moment he read it. “When Sattwik offered me the film, I asked him, ‘Are you sure I will be able to do the role?’.

But he did get into the skin of the character and got the language right. “The dialect was the toughest part of the film. I had to work very hard to get it right. All of us have worked very hard,” he says.

Taaha adds that they had extensively done workshops with the director before the shoot began. “He would say the dialogue and I would understand his pitch. Then he would also explain the meaning. The entire process was lot of fun,” he recalls.

Taaha has good things to say about his producer, who is also his co-star in the film. “Kher Saab is a wise individual. He has guided us a lot during the making of the film. He is like a bag of knowledge and would advise us whenever we required his help. I would like to get directed by him one day,” says the businessman-turned-actor.

The actor, who has studied from New York Film Academy (NYFA) in Abu Dhabi, has done limited films since he has moved to Mumbai. But he maintains that ‘slow and steady wins the race’. “It’s a difficult virtue to have but you have to move slowly towards your goal. I am waiting for the right scripts and challenging roles. I want to do roles that will help me grow individually. I am hopeful that I will get work from the right kind of production house,” says the actor, who wants to stay focused to survive in the long run.  


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