Bhubaneswar/Mumbai: Ahead of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s birthday next week, his spy action-thriller Tiger Zinda Hai (TZH), is flying high with the promos of its exotic locales, song sequences and the sizzling chemistry between him and the stunning Katrina Kaif.
With the tickets for this movie completely sold out in Bhubaneswar cinema halls such as Keshari and Maharaja on the day of its release, Salman is not the only attraction for Odisha in this movie. Jineet Rath, the child artist hailing from the eastern Indian state, will also be seen in the much-awaited release of the year, hitting theatres tomorrow across India.
In an exclusive tête-à-tête with Odisha Sun Times on his way to the exclusive premier of TZH a day earlier at Yash Raj, a very excited Jineet spoke at length about his experience on the set.
“I had a lot of fun while shooting for this movie. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, my co-stars, are super-friendly people,” said this 13-year-old, who has done more than 400 commercials and acted in several Bollywood films and period serials on national television.
With his mother, Arundhati Rath in tow, Jineet began shooting for TZH in April this year and travelled to Abu Dhabi, Greece and Morocco to film various scenes of this Ali Abbas Zafar-directed movie. The high point of these shoots for him were the parties that were thrown at the end of each leg of shooting.
His co-star of two films, Katrina Kaif, took to Instagram a few months ago to share an adorable picture of them and even admitted that this young actor talks more than her!
Jineet’s father Ravi Rath, who works for the Oxford University Press, said his son’s school principal has been very supportive of him and his talent, as he is good at studies and sports, alike.
“I always try to schedule shoots after my school hours. In exceptional cases, I take leave from school, but I make sure I’m on top of my assignments, homework and lessons at all points of time,” said this Class VIII student of G D Somani Memorial School.
Born and bred in Mumbai, Jineet has a soft corner for Odisha and often visits his cousins and grandparents when in the state. He takes a keen interest in horse riding and skating.
Though he is brimming with excitement for TZH, this Odia lad is hardly nervous ahead of the premier tomorrow. Apart from TZH, he has also essayed roles in Guzaarish, Phata Poster Nikla Hero, Talaash, ABCD 2, Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai, Radioand Dam999 and in Indian historical drama fiction serials on television such as Bharat Ka Veer Putra-Maharana Pratap and Chandranandni.