Mahesh Manjrekar replaces Jackie Shroff in Mumbai Saga
When an actor opts out of a film after shooting has begun, it’s not easy for makers to find a replacement even though their first choice had yet to begin work.
But when Jackie Shroff exited the Bhushan Kumar-produced gangster flick, Mumbai Saga, director Sanjay Gupta simply reached out to friend Mahesh Manjrekar, who will now essay the role of a Maharashtrian political bigwig.
The film explores the police, underworld, industrialists and mill onwners nexus in the ’80s.
“I was really looking forward to working with Jackie but due to a date mess-up, he had to quit. Mahesh is my go-to person, we’ve shared a bond since we first collaborated on 'Kaante' and subsequently worked on several films together. When I explained the situation to him, he told me he was on. We only had to sort the dates as he’s busy acting and directing.”
Mahesh will join the shoot next week and will go on political rallies with 5000 junior artistes. He also has scenes with John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi.
“Mahesh is a strong performer and his portrayal always stands out,” said Bhushan. In keeping with the narrative that spans several years, Mahesh will be sporting two looks, one as a 55-year-old and another as a 62-65-year-old.