We recently caught up with the dashing and talented, Meezaan, who had debuted last year in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-produced Malaal. Obviously, him being Jaaved Jaaferi’s son, our exclusive interview with the actor inevitable veered to the current raging topics of nepotism and star kids in Bollywood news circles, and credit to the young actor, he never once shied away from responding to our questions, which eventually led to a full disclosure of who were the first choices for Hungama 2 (sequel to the hit, classic 2003 comedy), how he bagged the hotly anticipated film despite his debut feature, Malaal, not being successful and why nepotism hasn’t played much of a role in either his or his father’s careers.
Revealing the first choices of Hungama 2, Meezaa Jaaferi said, “Me getting Humgama 2 is extremely contradictory to what the aduience is saying these days. The reason I got Hungama 2 is because they like my work in Malaal. When I spoke to Ratanji (producer Ratan Jain), he tole me that Priyan sir (director Priyadarshan) had first approached Ayushmann Khurrana, and then they had approached Kartik Aaryan and both said no for whatever reasons they know best. So, Ayushmann and Kartik were the first choices for Hungama 2, after which they thought of me.”
“So, I said, ‘Sir, why did you think of me? It’s not like my first movie did well, there are so many good actors who are there.’ So, he told me, ‘We want to work with people whom we believe in, we are not here to make money. Because Venus, Ratanji’s production house, and Priyan sir as a Director himself, have done over hundreds of films. So, for them, it doesn’t really matter. It’s not like some newcomer who has come and needs to establishes himself, which is why he needs to work with a big actor. So, he told me, ‘I like your work and I like you, which is why I took you. I don’t care whose son you are. I don’t care who you are,” added Meezaan, disclosing why he finally bagged the coveted film.
Addressing the role nepotism has actually played in his career, the young actor elaborated, “If you think about it, my father is also a product of nepotism. But his father (the legendary Jagdeep) didn’t help him get any work. Today, if I am in touch with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, it’s because my friend is his niece (Sharmin Segal), but my father has never done a movie with Sanjay Leela Bhansal and still has no movies from him. My father himself would love to be in a Bhansali film, so he’d call up for himself first before me. It’s just luck that has played out in my story to have a friend like Sharmin who introduced me to her mama and we all do things for friends in every walk of life.”
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