“After ‘Ludo’, I received offers where I had to play the lead character’s friend. But that’s not what I wanted. I have known the producer of this film and writer Raaj Shaandilyaa for a long time, and since my performance during the audition was loved, I chose to take it up. The role was written for me, but then there were issues with dates and around 60 people auditioned. But at last I got it. Maybe it was my destiny,” he said.
When asked what about the role left him scared initially, he said, “The script for the audition was six pages long! I was like, ‘Who is going to learn and remember all this?’ This was a big role and I had to prepare a lot for it. It’s either you do your absolute best or go home.”
Further talking about his role, Paritosh added, “I learned the local language of Chanderi. In the first half of the movie, I am lean and dressed to impress, but in the second half Mannu (Nushrratt) gets married and so I put on weight and stop dressing nicely. The girl is married to someone else, why should I be a hero anymore? It was a very tough role. I didn’t get it by luck, you know.”
Paritosh also knew Vijay Raaz from before, but he had met Nushrratt Bharuccha and Anud Singh Dhaka for the first time during this film. Speaking about his co-stars, he said, ”At first Anud tried to maintain that he is the hero and all but we soon bonded over swapped love stories and shayari. Nushrratt is very nice, she never made us feel like she is a bigger star than us. We had a lot of fun on the sets, we ate together, danced and just did masti.”
In ‘Janhit Mein Jaari’, Nushrratt mouth the line, ‘Mardon ke liye shayad yeh sirif ek zaroorat hai, par hum auraton ke liye yeh zaroori hai’. Pointing out the difference between the two, Paritosh said, “Safe sex is like zaroorat for the men, but not a compulsion. Men think from their perspective but for women, it’s not the ‘raat gayi, baat gayi’ scene. If they want to avoid unnecessary complications, it’s a need for them. Yeh zaroori hai.”
Paritosh, who was in his trademark jestful mood, also pointed out that it’s not like one day, parents say, ‘Switch off the TV, let’s talk about condoms.’ “it’s not a taboo, it’s just a topic which is avoided. Although if my family ever found a condom in my bag, then there would be a discussion, a long, long discussion,” he said.
When asked whether a man would face the same judgement in society like a woman would about condoms, he said, “Society looks at boys in a medical shop the same way they look at girls in a wine shop. While it’s actually a good thing if we are using or talking about condoms and protection, our society is still shy.”
Paritosh also added ‘Janhit Mein jaari’ is getting a very positive response. “A lot of people are watching it even with their families and it’s great. It’s not like this is sex comedy. It’s an awareness film which we have presented with some humour so that it doesn’t seem like a tedious lecture.”