Riteish Deshmukh rejects ‘Banjo’ comparisons to ‘Rockstar’


With the release of his next film ‘Banjo’ just a few hours away, Riteish Deshmukh has rejected outright reports that the film is similar to other music related films like ‘Rockstar’ (2011) and ‘Rock On’ (2008).

In an interview with Times Of India, Deshmukh said, “The stories are very different, but since they all are centred around music, people draw comparisons. Banjo is a film which represents street artists and their issues. Banjo players are mostly called to play in celebrations. One artist told me ki unhe decoration ki tarah use kiya jata hai, log paise phenkte hain; another said that he got money if he rolled backwards on the drum, and to get money, he would do that. This film presents a journey of self-realisation and the challenges they face. Most people who reach the top are underdogs – they have a passion to achieve something. Be it Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan or even Amitabh Bachchan, all had to struggle to get to wherever they are today.”

Deshmukh plays a banjo player in the film, which releases this weekend. Talking about his look, he said, “The first challenge was maintaining long hair. It is not easy. Every morning, it takes so much time to dry them. In the film, when I shot for a song with colours, it took me days and many bottles of shampoo to remove it from my hair.”

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