Guess who’s been teaching Bharat Hindi — Raanjhanaa’s lover boy Dhanush. Bharat, who is is debuting in Bollywood with Jackpot reveals, “Yes, I did speak to Dhanush. We both started our career together in 2002. He is a fabulous actor and with Raanjhanaa, he has proved himself again. He has given me some tips on Hindi diction - he has asked me to read my lines carefully before going for takes.”
Directed by Kaizad Gustad, Jackpot pits Bharat opposite Canadian-Indian adult film star Sunny Leone. Not surprisingly, Bharat admitted that he was “excited” to act with the hot actress and described her as a “wonderful person”.
Dhanush had a dream debut in Bollywood with Raanjhanaa, directed by Aanand L Rai, doing fabulous business across all centres in North India. Despite apprehensions that North Indian audiences would not take to the Kollywood star, Dhanush’s portrayal of a Tamil-origin Benarasi boy who falls in love with a Muslim girl came in for a lot of critical acclaim and was widely appreciated. What was truly astonishing was that Dhanush opted to dub for his character Kundan himself and actually managed to get most of the intonation and accent right, despite the fact that his Hindi was patchy at best. Having been there and done that, it was probably a smart move on Bharat’s part to ask for Dhanush’s advice before starting on his first Hindi film. Bharat started his acting career with Tamil film Boys and later impressed with his performances in films like Chellamay, Kaadhal and Pattiyal.
His next Tamil film Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu (555) is slated to release on Independence Day, after several struggles with distributors who didn’t want to invest in the film
(with agency inputs)