Marathi audiences have known actor Chinmay Mandlekar for some good roles. He has shown his strong screen presence in popular Marathi films like Zenda, Gajar, Jogwa and Morya. At a time when some of the Marathi actors have almost ruined their career with mindless roles in Hindi films, Chinmay remains selective and has done just two but remarkable Hindi movies, namely Tere Bin Laden and Shanghai.
“I regularly get offers from Hindi. But, for now, I want to focus on Marathi films only. I did Tere Bin Laden because I had liked the role. And Dibakar Banerji was the sole motivation to do Shanghai,” Chinmay told Rang Marathi in an exclusive interview.
Chinmay, who has become a household name with his ongoing Marathi TV serial Tu Tithe Mi, will be seen in an important role in Marathi film Vijay Aso, slated to release next month. He has also written the story and screenplay of the film, directed by Rahul Jadhav. His one more upcoming film is Gajendra Ahire’s Swami.
“Tu Tithe Mi and Vijay Aso happened simultaneously, so it was a bit hectic. Thanks to the production teams of both the projects that they made it very easy for me. But, after Tu Tithe Mi, I am in no mood to do television soaps anymore,” he informed.
Chimney, who is the alumni of National School of Drama, first appeared in Sanai Chaughadi in 2007 and has done 17 movies so far. “Avdhoot Gupte’s Zenda was a turning point in my career,” he admits, and hopes that his next film Vijay Aso will establish him as a dependable actor in the industry.
Chinmay says he would like to work with famous filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar. He also dreams of portraying Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj. “It is my favourite historical character and I think it will be very challenging to play it on the screen,” he opines.
Sadi Maansa, Simhasan, Ashi Hi Banva Banvi, De Dhakka, and Shala are Chinmay’s favourite Marathi films whereas he likes Arun Sarnaik, Vikram Gokhale, Vinay Apte, Santosh Juvekar, Bharat Jadhav, Subodh Bhave and Mukta Barve among actors.