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Rare known facts about Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri’s Banjo!

Riteish Deshmukh, lyricist, upcoming movie, Banjo

Eros International’s musical drama Banjo, directed by critically-acclaimed filmmaker Ravi Jadhav, featuring Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri releases this Friday. The fabulous response to the trailer and songs has piqued everyone’s curiosity and the movie is highly anticipated.

Here are five highlights of the inspiring story of street musicians, considered as first ever based on musical instrument – Banjo!

Riteish Deshmukh-Nargis Fakhri fresh pairing!
Though Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri have been part of Housefull 3 before, they were not paired opposite each other in the multi-starrer. The talented actors look good together on screen and people have been praising their affable chemistry in Banjo!

Producer Krishika Lulla & director Ravi Jadhav collaborates for the first time!
While Ravi Jadhav, known for his successful Marathi films including Time Pass and Balak Palak, was supposed to make Banjo in Marathi, it was Riteish who suggested him to make it in Hindi. However, when Ravi narrated the movie script to Krishika Lulla, she felt the story based on street musicians has a universal appeal and should reach out to a wider audience.

Riteish’s rugged rockstar avatar!
Riteish Deshmukh plays Taraat, head of a banjo group from the slums. For the first time, the actor will be seen sporting long tresses for his character as a street musician and playing an authentic Maharashtrian character in a Hindi film.

Music
Composed by Vishal-Shekhar, the music of Banjo has hit all the right notes, as all the songs including ‘Bappa’, ‘Udan Choo’, ‘Rada’, ‘Pee Paa Ke’, Rehmo Karam’ and the latest party anthem ‘Banjo Party’ feature on almost every music charts.

Real Mumbai flavour!
To bring in the real local flavour, the makers had consciously decided to shoot Banjo in real locations in Mumbai including Worli Koliwada, The Asiatic Society of Mumbai and Horniman Circle among other places. Since the subject is a realistic one, the effort was to make it more appealing and relatable for the common man.”

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