The Magical Casting of Sairat

Two years after it wowed audiences and raked in crores at the box office, Marathi blockbuster Sairat continues to make waves. The film’s Hindi remake Dhadak is building a lot of anticipation as it introduces two fresh faces, late actress Sridevi’s daughter, Jahanvi Kapoor, and Shahid Kapoor’s brother, Ishaan Khatter. While audiences are excited to see the chemistry between the new pair, they are still mesmerized by the magical pairing of the original film. Debutantes Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar came from nowhere to become overnight sensations after the stupendous success of Sairat.

Finding the Right Cast

So, what was the story behind their casting and how did they become a part of this unforgettable film? According to film’s director Nagraj Manjule, he needed raw and fresh faces to play the lead characters of Sairat. He travelled to the interiors of Maharashtra scouting for talent as he wanted his characters Archi and Parshya to speak in an unpolished, rustic accent. In fact, Rinku Rajguru was all of 13 when she auditioned for Sairat and bagged the role to play the lead role. Director Nagraj Manjule was convinced that only she could play the free-spirited character of Archi and his confidence paid off as Rinku went on to receive a special mention for her acting debut at the National Film Awards. Her co-star Akash Thosar comes from the small town of Karmala in Maharashtra’s Solapur District.

The young actor was a wrestler when he was auditioned for Sairat and gave the screen test hoping to bag a supporting role. Akash’s screen test was enough to impress the film’s director but he was asked to shed some weight to play the role of Parshya. To transform into his sensitive character of a young student, Akash went through a grueling schedule and lost 13 kilos!

Rinku and Akash

Two years since the runaway success of Sairat, Rinku and Akash have turned into household names. The young actors get mobbed by fans everywhere and have forgotten what life was before their first film. While Rinku will be seen in director Makarand Mane’s next film, Akash has been roped in by Anurag Kashyap for his upcoming film.