Himanshu Malhotra turns associate producer


Himanshu Malhotra, who is the associate producer of the film ‘In The Shadows’ (Gali Guleiyan), is all set to release it soon. The actor says that he has been involved with the film since the beginning which is how he got to producing it as well. “This opportunity came 3 years back when a writer and director friend of mine, Dipesh Jain was looking for help for working on ‘In the shadows’. Over time, I got so involved that he suggested that it would be best if I became an associate producer. Last year, in the first half, we shot the film and in the second half we decided to get it to festivals on the International level. We have collaborated with a partner in Germany and London and are releasing it on 7th September,” he says.

Talking of the feedback that he has got for the film, Malhotra says, “The response has been fabulous, everybody is tweeting about it.”

The film stars actor Manoj Bajpayee, who Malhotra feels is an amazing actor. “He is a fantastic actor and has given a superlative performance in the film. I cannot describe in words the good work that he has done. He admits that it was challenging to portray the character and once you watch the film one will understand the challenge,” he says.

Meanwhile, Malhotra, too, will be seen in two upcoming films by Rajshri Productions and was also part of ‘Wajah Tum Ho’. The actor says that he loved being part of showbiz. “I am completely fascinated by the Indian Film Industry as every artist who has been a part of the industry is,” he says, adding, “I have always said that television is quantitative and films are qualitative. They take time to make as they are going to be watched on a 75mm screen and so one puts efforts in all possible means to make it worth watching as people are paying to watch. Whereas you watch shows on TV every day and even miss sometimes.”

In fact, Himanshu’s wife Amruta Khanvilkar is also part of showbiz and the actor will be launching her soon. “I would love to, we are planning another project next year and if she’s free we would like to have her on board,” he says.

Ask him if he wants to act opposite her in the film, and he says, “Actually no, she feels shy and I would love to direct her so I can understand how she works. I also want to guide her to get the best out of her.”

Malhotra would like to try out different genres as a producer. “I would like to experience all the genres. Dipesh and I have also decided to focus on the music genre. Let’s see how it goes,” he says.

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