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Legacy of his unflinching lens

Updated on: 27 September,2023 07:26 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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Amit, who plays a photographer in refugee crisis drama Ghuspaith, reveals how director shared references from Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui’s life

Legacy of his unflinching lens

The short will be screened at the JioCinema Film Festival next month

When Ghuspaith: Between Borders first came his way, Amit Sadh turned it down as he was busy shooting for the second season of Breathe: Into the Shadows. But writer-director Mihir Lath was certain that he would make the short film—inspired by two-time Pulitzer-winning photojournalist, the late Danish Siddiqui’s coverage of the 2015 Rohingya refugee crisis—only with the actor. “After cancelling on Mihir twice, I told him, ‘I don’t want to delay your career. Please make the film with somebody else.’ But after Mihir waited a couple of months for me, I felt obligated to say yes. I’m a huge fan of independent cinema and short movies; they enrich the film industry. I did it for the love of cinema and shorts. When I saw Mihir’s enthusiasm and the story’s uniqueness, I wanted to support him,” smiles Sadh.

Danish SiddiquiDanish Siddiqui

Through Sadh’s photojournalist character Manav, Ghuspaith explores themes of refugee crisis and human trafficking. While the actor prepped intensely for the role, he credits Lath’s detailed script for guiding him all along. “In a short film, the story and script [set the path] for you. Mihir always shared notes and references from Danish’s life. The story has become more meaningful now that we have dedicated it to Danish.” The short will be screened at the JioCinema Film Festival on October 6.    

Sadh may not be seen on screen too frequently, but give him a complex character and he can’t resist the temptation of bringing it alive. Ghuspaith and his next, the second season of Duranga, deliver on that count. “In Duranga 2, I play a psychopath for the first time. I am trying to push the envelope. I don’t want to become a boring actor who lacks courage and wants to do the same thing again and again.” 

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