17th July 2014, London

Yesterday, Zee TV’s popular live TV show, Zee Companion hosted one of the most acclaimed actors of Indian Cinema, the legendary Nana Patekar. Nana is most known for his spectacular performances in movies such as Ab Tak Chhappan, Krantiveer, Parinda, Agni Sakshi, Tirangaa and Raajneeti. It is his unique acting style that has made Nana a three time recipient of the National Award. He has also been awarded the Padma Shri for his dedication in the field of Films and Arts.

Given the actor’s popularity and fan following, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the show received a record number of calls since its launch. Known for his intense dialogue delivery, Nana’s persona worked like a charm on the show, and people continued to call well after the show was over. Playing companion to its viewers, Zee TV gave them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact LIVE directly with the actor. A grandmother from Birmingham called in asking Nana to say his famous movie line “Ek Machchar Aadmi Ko” which the gracious actor did much aplomb. He recited the entire speech from the film getting himself a bigger fan in just a few moments. Another call from Luxembourg was simply to wish a young girl and give his blessings on her birthday.

Nana being a successful actor both in mainstream Cinema and parallel Cinema, had a lot to talk about his experience and journey in the Indian Cinema. He said, “Acting is all about doing a good job. As a child I felt like I was not the favourite child and took part in theatre to get my father’s attention. I was reluctant to get into films; it was only upon Smita Patil’s insistence that I gave it a try. I even did my first ever show for Rs. 50”. Nana believes that young actors these days are great and put in a lot of hard work. However they need to see that aside from the typical commercial films there is more out there too.

Speaking about her experience interviewing Nana Patekar, the show’s host Natasha Asghar said, “I was ecstatic when I found out Nana Patekar was going to be on the show. His acting in Khamoshi was truly incredible, and was perhaps the first film in which an actor made me cry. When he arrived in the studio he had a certain presence about him, and his insight, experience and wisdom, particularly about the film industry was amazing. His humility and kindness shone through, his love for nature and zest for life was apparent for all to see”.

Nana Patekar, who is in London for the premiere of his movie Hemalkasa at the closing night of the London Indian Film Festival, was happy to visit the Zee studio and be on the show. Apart from being a hit on the show, Nana also happily spent some time with the staff at ZEE.

Zee Companion has brought such popular and celebrated personalities from numerous fields, providing people with a link to people they felt unable to connect with before. With many more exciting topics coming up and Zee’s efforts to bring promising guests as experts, viewers definitely have something to look forward to on the show. Zee Companion comes LIVE Mon-Fri for 5 minutes every hour starting at 1:30 pm and culminating into a 30 minute LIVE show with the day’s guest at 6:30 pm.