Ankur plays the second villain Bosco, who works along with Prakash Raj. He plays the same character in the Telugu version of the film Thoofan. Zanjeer is a hardcore action movie. The old Zanjeer was one of my favorites and I am very happy to a part of the new one. It’s a huge film with super awesome cast. I had an amazing time shooting with Ram Charan Teja, Sanjay Dutt and Prakash Raj. Also, Apoorva Lakhia has been my mentor, and it was a pleasure to work under his guidance,” enthuses the actor, who recently bagged the Best Actor award at the NYU Film Festival for Coconut Grove.
The actor, who is really excited about being part of the cast, says, “I had a fight sequence with Sanjay Dutt which happened in the last schedule of the film. Right from the beginning I was excited to be in that scene and that feeling kept multiplying till the very last day when we shot the scene.”
Ankur has also Ankur written a short film Coming home, which he had recently sold it to Anil Kapoor for his son Harsh Kapoor. It also stars Katrina’s sister Issabel. Anil Kapoor met Ankur Bhatia during Abhinav Deo’s party in June and they discussed how it can be molded for Bombay as the film was initially set to be in New York.
Revelling in negative shades
Ankur will be seen in another Telugu film “Dilunoodu”, which stars Puri Jagannadh’s brother Sairam Shankar. The film is directed by Jaya Ravindra and is produced by Soudamini Creations. Ankur is playing the lead villain in the film who hails from a hardcore Punjabi family. “I have just finished a Telugu film in Hyderabad and now I have one Hindi film in the pipeline starting next month,” says the 33-year-old actor, who will also be seen with Poorna Jagannathan in Shiva Bajpai’s international film.
I was really excited during the shoot of the English film Grant Street Shaving Co. It was one of my first big projects, and so I was really nervous and super excited. The movie got selected in over 20 international film festivals including Cannes, after which I started getting more work. I acted in numerous independent films for two years. The last one was Coconut Grove directed by Lakshmi Indra, for which I bagged the Best Actor award at the NYU Film Festival, NY. This gave me the courage to quit my job and get into acting full time. And so I came to India and Zanjeer happened.
“I was always fascinated by actors and loved watching movies. While I was working as a Financial Analyst in New York, I started going to an Acting School in the evening, and from there I started learning all the techniques. During that time, I auditioned and got casted for my first film Grant St. Shaving Co. directed by Payal Sethi, it went to over 20 film festivals including Cannes. Last year, I did a film titled Coconut Grove for which I won the Best Actor award at NYU Tisch School of Arts. So I have done a lot of independent films. I then decided to get into feature films and came to Mumbai to pursue it,” says the actor.