Interview: Tejash Natali - the Don of "9 Eleven" award-winning Indian-American Bollywood Hindi thriller movie

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Tejash NataliWashington, DC, April 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gurjeet Singh chats with actor Tejash Natali about his career in films and his roles in Bollywood thriller 9 ELEVEN and the upcoming film LOLCI.

Tejash Natali was helping out his friends - film-maker Manan Singh Katohora and producer Narain Kumar Mathur - with casting for their award-winning Indo-American Bollywood style Hindi thriller film "9 Eleven", when the idea of casting Tejash himself as an underground Don named Samir Bhai in Mumbai was floated. Once Tejash listened to the description of the character and the part he plays in the script, he decided to give it a shot, drawing confidence from his early experience in growing up in the seat of Bollywood and watching stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Amrish Puri and Paresh Rawal.

The film 9 Eleven has nothing to do with the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It is actually about 11 people being abducted and put into a room. The intriguing thriller, the caption of which is "Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid", captivates its viewers while the abductees try to figure out the reason for their predicament as one of them is killed every nine minutes! Each character is from a distinctly different background - the script is remarkable in the way it weaves the story. Viewers have reported a distinct sense of one's Karma catching up, irrespective of how long ago the deeds may have been done, when watching the film.

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Databazaar Media Ventures recently announced the release of  '9 ELEVEN' which you can watch instantly via online streaming. Produced by ADF (Narain Kumar Kathur and Sadhna Mathur) in association with JMD Creations (Manan Singh Katohora), CAST consists of - Devasish Ray, Tejash Natali, Nikkitasha Marwaha, Sumeet Verma, Vicki Yung, Homi Irani, Vick Krishna, Paul Singh, Chinmay Dhamne, Roni Mazumdar, Rashmi Pradhan, Salsabil Malik, Aisha Rasul, Manvi Puri, Tanuj Mathur, Priya Mathur, Jyoti Singh, Sonny Chatrath, Samir Stewart, Gopi Jagannathan - And in SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES - Mandira Mehra, Nilima Mehra, Nitin Verma, Ripneet Brar, Shalabh Agrawal, Sonny Suri, and Bollywood Actress Kashmera Shah.

Manan Singh Katohora is the Winner of 2012 Rising Star Award for his feature film '9 Eleven'. The Canada International Film Festival has firmly established itself among the top film festivals in Canada. Held each year in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the festival brings the very best of World Cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world. The festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for the artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers and the film-going community. Each year, awards are presented in all of the main categories for the top films and filmmakers, writers and actors.

Tejash emphasizes the global nature of the 9 Eleven team - though the cast members are all Indian-Americans from places in Maryland and New York, a cinematographer from Bhutan, an assistant director from India and so on gives the film's unit a truly international flavor. The enthusiasm and dedication of the unit was stellar - Tejash describes how an actor overcame his injured leg to stand for extended durations during shooting of 9 Eleven. Among some memorable incidents during shooting, Tejash describes how some of the actors who had never heard a gun shot up close before reacted to shooting of scenes where the assassin would come in and kill someone in the room every 9 minutes!

Among his other projects, Tejash is working on a script for a film on Indian immigrants in Trinidad who mostly were migrant workers in sugar plantation. He is considering a food show program which will also attempt to bring Indian and American cultures closer. And he is going to appear in Manan Katohora's next movie LOLCI (Laughing Out Loud, Crying Inside) which goes on the floors soon.

Tejash is in the process of testing the waters of Bollywood. A full-time program manager in IT by profession, Tejash's energy levels are excitingly refreshing and inspirational. Here is wishing Tejash a spectacular acting career and all the very best in his forthcoming projects!

- Article by Supratim Sanyal

Editor's note: Gurjeet Singh is a Financial Analyst by profession and lives in Germantown, Maryland in the Washington DC metro area. A great enthusiast of Indian-American cultural exchanges, Gurjeet is also an avid  music lover. In her free time she dabs in some water color painting and loves to go on long walks. Gurjeet can be reached at guri070555 [at] yahoo [dot] com.