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Who went to the movies this weekend and saw Million Dollar Arm? What did you think? My dad never goes to the movies, like never, ever….how are we related? LOL! 😉 Anyway, yesterday was my dad and step-mothers anniversary and they went to the theaters to see Million Dollar Arm, and thought it was great! I’ve seen it twice, and well you already know how I feel about it. 🙂
While in LA, our group had the opportunity to interview several of the actors, including Jon Hamm and Aasif Mandvi (coming soon). Today I’m sharing our experience interviewing Madhur Mittal & Suraj Sharma who play the two teenage boys in the film.
Madhur Mittal is best known for his role in Slumdog Millionaire prior to filming Million Dollar Arm. He plays Dinesh in the film. Suraj Sharma’s previous work includes Life of Pi and he plays Rinku in this film.
Madhur Mittal & Suraj Sharma Interview:
Blogger Q: What compelled you to an audition? What was that like?
Madhur: I think I speak for the both of – what really hit me was, this is a tremendous feat that these guys have achieved and I had no idea about these guys. Nobody in my family knew. None of my friends knew this story. And what these guys have achieved is something that nobody has ever done any sport in the history of mankind. That is very big. And I think it’s very important that this story reaches people and that was the first thing that hit me.
Suraj: It’s just the fact that these guys came from nothing, went and did something phenomenal.
Blogger Q: Have you played baseball prior to the film?
Suraj: Absolutely not. Zero experience in baseball altogether. Yes, it was quite hard. We had a lot of fun during training though.
Madhur: We had three and a half weeks to do whatever we could do. We used to have four hours of baseball every day and we are both quite scrawny boys so we had to put on a lot of muscle. We trained for three or four hours every day and then rest an hour, and then go to the gym for a couple of hours, and strict diet. Yes, it was quite physically challenging, but it helped.
Suraj: Yes, I think we had a lot of draw from the fact that we were in the similar situation, you know, like we had a really short amount of time to prepare and then we had to perform on set. And also these guys they had like 10 months of preparation, and they had to perform. So I think it puts us in a similar kind of mind frame.
The boys collectively mentioned that the footage taken by Amit was a “massive treasure” and really helpful to the filming of this true story. And that the weather, being so hot in India, made it difficult at times for filming, but that they managed.
Madhur confirmed that Rinku’s infamous flamingo pose is another truth to the movie. Since both boys were javelin throwers, that is the initial stance for that sport.
Blogger Q: How did you guys get into acting?
Madhur: I have been in the business ever since I could remember. I started my career as a Michael Jackson impersonator as a child. Before I was three, you know, I started with Michael Jackson and that’s how I got into the entertainment business and when I was five my whole family they shifted from Agra, where I was born to Mumbai, just so I could pursue a career in the arts and just really amazing supportive family.
Suraj: I never wanted to be an actor or (have) anything to do with film. It was more of realization, look there is something here that actually I love a lot. And that’s how it began.
The guys were really nice to chat with and very outgoing. I was impressed with how friendly all of the actors were. It was a great experience! Remember Million Dollar Arm is in theaters now, and rated PG so it’s a great film for the whole family!
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