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DNPUN56706 | 2/4/2013 | Author : Pallavi Kharade | WC :389

Manish Gandhi, FTII alumni and a common face on television, is all set to make his Bollywood debut with the film Chai Shai Biscuits

His is the familiar face on the small screen. Having appeared in umpteen television advertisements and acted in a few episodes of television soaps, Manish Gandhi, alumni of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), is all set to make it big in Bollywood.
The actor will be making his debut in Chai Shai Biscuits. “It is a romantic comedy. It is a hilarious story of two couples, one who has an arranged marriage and the other who has a love marriage. While the first couple is going to meet for the first time, they encounter another couple, who is in love which leads to confusion. I am playing a guy, who assumes he can psychologically analyse the characters of people through a certain aspect about them which later creates a laughing riot in the film.”
He adds, “I am playing a co-lead along with actor KP Nishan, who is a popular actor down South. We both are playing the role of two small town boys, who will do anything to impress girls.” Dil Tho Bachcha Hai Ji fame Shraddha Das and Prachi Sharma, who is also making a debut through the film, play their love interests.
“The production house was supportive. When you are a graduate from an institute like FTII, you expect a platform which will give space for performance. And the production house gave us lot of space for creativity. Though I have been working in television for quite some time, working on the silver screen was a different experience,” says the 2011 FTII batch passout. He adds, “FTII is like a mother. I don’t think any institute can teach you acting but there is certain nourishment you get from FTII, which helps you as an actor. The best part of the course is that it takes you through different disciplines but lets you develop your own philosophy. It gives you freedom to explore and understand what works best for you. It doesn’t push you to act in a particular manner. It lets you breath. The space it gives it you to explore is a holy and precious space for me.”
This year is busy for Manish. “ I am working for a Disney show. I am also in talks with a couple of international projects but its too early to talk about them,” he says.


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