Actor Meezaan Jafri says he is perhaps born right into a Bollywood household, however that hasn’t given him any privilege by way of the work he’s getting. Meezaan is the son of seasoned actor Jaaved Jaaferi and grandson of veteran Jagdeep. “It’s a privilege to be born with the Jaferi title because of the way I’ve been brought up, the talent that’s been passed on to me. Apart from that, there aren’t any other privileges,” Meezaan stated in a candid chat with indianexpress.com.
He added that it’s time his father leads a carefree life after toiling via all of it these years. “I’m working in such a way that I can pick up my phone and tell someone, ‘take my father.’ That’s what I want to do. He’s worked really hard to give us a great life. It’s about time to take that responsibility from him,” Meezaan stated on an emotional notice.
Meezaan is gearing up for the discharge of his second film – Hungama 2 on July 23 on Disney Plus Hotstar. It additionally marks the comeback of director Priyadarshan to Hindi movies after a hiatus of eight years. “It’s a Priyadarshan classic and I would genuinely want people to watch it for him.” But was he a troublesome taskmaster? “I was never scared around Priyadarshan sir. We were on a chilled out level. I knew he’ll handle me and my performance. I think I was more hesitant of the cast.”
Elaborating on why the solid intimidated him, Meezaan revealed that his first day of shoot was with actors Paresh Rawal, Ashutosh Rana and Manoj Joshi. But Paresh Rawal made it straightforward for him. “I was in the middle of three legends and so nervous, I kept giving retakes. Then Paresh sir told me, ‘just forget whether you’re doing it right or wrong, because you’re doing great.’ That helped me open up and gain confidence,” the actor stated including that regardless of being the youngest one, the whole group handled him like a good friend.
Hungama 2 is a comedy of errors, and primarily based on the same theme of its prequel Hungama (2003), the place Paresh Rawal’s character believes his spouse (Shilpa) is having an extramarital affair with a younger man (Meezaan). The new addition being actor Pranitha Subhash who seems with a toddler claiming it to be Meezaan’s. The situational comedy additionally has Meezaan romancing Shilpa within the recreated model of her blockbuster track “Chura Ke Dil Mera” from Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994).
“I met Shilpa for the first time on the song’s set. Initially, I was scared because she’s a senior actor, there’s a major age difference, so I wondered how I’ll address her and all. But she made it easy. It’s important for a senior actor to do that. She’s such a lively person, she brings this energy and positivity on the set. I just love her!” Meezaan stated including that he feels grateful for having “a friend like her in the industry.”
Meezaan made his Bollywood debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2019 manufacturing Malaal, after helping him in Padmaavat. Reminiscing the way it taught him far more than what he discovered at a movie college, Meezaan stated, “When I was on Bhansali sir’s set, I didn’t get a break to go to the bathroom. I was standing there for hours, giving the clap. Though after the shot, my job as an assistant was over, but I stayed to see what instructions Bhansali sir gave to the actor, how the actor prepared and all the technical stuff.”
He additional went on to discuss issues he discovered at dwelling. Elaborating on rising up in such a filmy family, Meezaan stated, “It never prepared me to be in front of the camera. It prepared me how to be when I’m not in front of the camera. I always saw my father off camera. At the end of the day, you need to know how to handle success, handle people. I’ll work on my craft, but the interactions on a basic human level takes someone ahead. Just be yourself, don’t be fake.”
Meezaan’s household has given the Indian TV viewers, in all probability India’s first dance actuality present within the 90s – Boogie Woogie, which was produced, created and judged by his uncle Naved Jaffrey, actor Ravi Behl and his father. “For our family, its shooting was like an outing. So, I’ve been quite a lot on its sets. When you’re growing up, you’re watching and grasping a lot of things which you don’t realise. At that time, I didn’t know I’m going to become an actor. Today, I’m grateful to experience all that as a kid,” Meezaan spilled the beans about his childhood recollections.
He agreed that he’s imbibed his dancing genes from his father. “I’ve never learned dancing. Since childhood, I used to dance with my dad, be it any party or wedding. You’ll always see me on the dance floor.”
Now that he’s discovered a cushty place within the trade, does he get affected when his private life comes below public glare, just like the current link-up rumous with Navya Naveli Nanda? He stated whereas it was unfair to choose issues, he’s understood the professionals and cons of the career. “Involving other people can affect them because they’ve not chosen this profession, not chosen to make their lives public. Whenever I’ve said something, something else has been written and then portrayed in a completely different manner. I’ve caused enough Hungama already, so it doesn’t really matter to me now,” he concluded.