Thriller About Four Strangers Meeting on a Greek Island Exploring Love, Revenge, Murder
By: Simran Mody
March 30, 2011
Bollywood has arrived in the Greek Islands, and while the cast of Game should be excited about spending a few weeks working on the private isle of Samos, the likes of Abhishek Bachchan, Sarah Jane-Dias, and Shahana Goswami felt compelled to talk about their professional experiences and interactions with each other.
For one, Bollywood heir Mr. Bachchan believes people over-hype his acting skills.
“I think I am terribly overrated as an actor. They have given me more due than I deserve. I have a very very long way to go. I have lot of improvement to do,” Mr. Bachchan told the press during his promotional campaign for Abhibay Deo's Game.
But then there is Ms. Goswami, the former Rock On and Break Ke Baad star, who believes Bachchan Junior is every bit as good as people claim, causing her to infer Abhishek may be underrated.
“I have always felt that he is very charming. Since the film required us to travel extensively, it was imperative that we spend a lot of time together. He is every bit the wonderful guy he is made out to be,” Ms. Goswami announced to the press. “Abhishek is very well-read and knowledgeable, and makes for great entertainment both on set and off set. Also, what sets him apart is the fact that he is very warm, very genuine, and very funny.”
Of course, not every cast member was enthralled with Mr. Bachchan. A few were rather content speaking of his or her future ambitions, such as Ms. Jane-Dias, the former Miss India World who plays a supporting role in the whodunit thriller of Game.
“I always wanted to be a performer. It could be anything--whether acting, singing, or dancing--but I really wanted to occupy the stage,” she candidly informed the press. “This was one passion that continued right from my school to college days. After that, it was modeling, and then the beauty pageant happened.”
Quite ironically, it is people such as Ms. Jane who cause Mr. Bachchan to question the level of his rating. With so many talented actors finding their way into Bollywood via regional film industries, beauty pageants, and the modeling circuit, Mr. Bachchan’s professional life seemingly became a little more difficult.
“They are so talented, so prepared, they are doing great work,” Mr. Bachchan told the press, adding that the growth of Bollywood and other regional film industries means there is plenty of work available for actors, ergo increased competition. “I am not the insecure type. I am very secure about who I am and what I do. So I am happy we got new blood coming to the film fraternity and getting more talent; I think they are wonderful.”
Ms. Goswami seemed to agree, adding that there is something to be said about working together with a diverse group of people, irrespective of the film itself.
“Working in an ensemble cast is always great. In case of Game, it works all the better, as every character is so well etched-out. And you also get to spend time with so many different talented actors,” she told the press.
With so many talented actors populating Bollywood and the surrounding film industries such as Kollywood, Tollywood, and Sandalwood, Mr. Bachchan said one stood out from all the rest.
“Me, myself,” he jokingly told the press before putting his serious game face back on and making a candid (and perhaps biased) observation of who he truly believes stands out in Indian cinema. “Apart from me, I think my father has some potential.”
Speaking of potential, Ms. Goswami really believes in Game, which is beautifully set in the Mediterranean.
“Honestly, one can only hope and believe. What happens finally is another matter,” she candidly told the Indian media. “I think Game is exciting and a gripping thriller. It has some great actors and a very different and interesting look. I hope the film does well.”
We shall find out how well Game does this weekend, especially in light of F.A.L.T.U. competing for box office dollars. As both are the first set of major releases in nearly a month, either film is primed to do well at the box office.
Officially opening on April 1st, Game tells the tale of four complete strangers invited to the private island of Samos in Greece by a recluse named Kabir Malhotra. What transpires is a cunning tale of revenge, retribution, love, and murder.
The film also stars Kangna Ranaut, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, and Jimmy Shergill.