Get Ready to Laugh With “My Friend Pinto”

Mumbai, April 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Film-lovers are already waiting with great enthusiasm, the release of the upcoming Hindi movie of Bollywood, ‘My Friend Pinto’. The movie will be released on June 17, 2011 and on the same day as SRK’s ‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’. The movie went into the making on May 10, 2010.

‘My Friend Pinto’ is a comedy film directed by the debutant Raghav Dar and produced by the famous Sanjay Leela Bansali through the Sanjay Leela Bansali Films. Its shooting studio is Mehboob Studio under the banner of UTV Motion Pictures.

The complete crew cast in the movie comprise of  Prateik Babbar, the son of Raj Babbar and late Smita Patil, Kalki Koechlin who is French by origin but born and brought up in South India, Divya Dutta, the versatile actress of Bollywood, Nassiruddin Shah, Makrand Deshpande, Shakeel Khan, Rajendranath Zutshi, Arjun Mathur. Aseem Hattangadi, Faisal Rashid, Shruti Seth, Shikha Talsania, Mukesh Bhatt and Asif Basra. Shraddha Kapoor, the daughter of the actor Sahkti Kapoor is also making her debut in this film.

Prateik Babbar trained as a professional cricketer after he finished school but soon his interest in movies drew him towards acting. He began his career in acting through television commercials. He soon found himself in a cameo in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na by Aamir Khan. Through this film, Prateik shot into fame. As his popularity grew, he went on to bag his debut leading role in the film Dhobi Ghat by Kiran Rao. He is now busy with the films ‘My Friend Pinto’ in a lead role, Dum maro Dum by Rohan Sippy and ‘Milan Talkies’ by Tigmanshu Dhulla.

The male leading role of the movie was decided upon for Prateik Babbar who is acting as Michael Pinto in the movie. The director and the producer also wanted a new face for a leading female role in this movie. Kalki Koechlin had impressed Raghav Dar through her movie ‘Dev D’, and so he recommended her to Sanjay, the producer of the film. He immediately agreed and gave her the leading role after a screen test. After bagging a lead role in the film ‘Running with the Bulls’ by Zoya Akhtar, with actors Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar, she will now be cast opposite Prateik Babbar for ‘My Friend Pinto’ as Maggie. Kalki has studied theater and drama for two years from the University Of London, UK.  She can fluently speak English, Tamil and French.

Manisha Koirala was to make her re-entry into Bollywod through this movie but she declined the offer because of her marriage on June 19, 2011 in Nepal. Now she has been replaced by Divya Dutta and everyone is happy to have the versatile actress. She is as good as Manisha in acting; moreover, she charges less for her work which works out to be more profitable for the making of ‘My Friend Pinto’.

The story of the movie is Catholic-based after the movie ‘Khamoshi’ which was a blockbuster. It is written by Raghav Dar and Arun Sukumar.