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Rajat Tokas as young Prithviraj

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Teenager Rajat Tokas, who plays the title role in Star Plus' Prithviraj Chauhan has taken the television industry by storm and has earned a huge fan following. Owing to his popularity, his track in the weekend show has been extended indefinitely, leading to the grown up Prithviraj Chauhan not making an appearance as yet. Rajat admits that he is overwhelmed by the kind of response that he is getting. "I feel nice that people like me. I am just 16 years old and I am happy that they like my acting. It's an honour that all over the world people are watching the show. I hope that I will continue with the good work," he beams.

This is not his first brush with acting though. Rajat always had plans of doing well as an actor. "Before this, I had played the role of Sai Baba's brother's character in Sai Baba. They liked my acting and I was offered the role of Prithviraj Chauhan. I enjoy acting, wanted to pursue it seriously and I am happy everything shaped up well," he informs. But did he expect the character's popularity to soar so? "No, it has come as a pleasant surprise. I only gave my best shot," he quips.

Rajat also maintains that he is having the time of his life because of the show. "Playing the character has been like the experience of a lifetime. I have learnt and absorbed a lot. But what I love most are the action sequences. Once I jumped from over 20 feet without any harness," he says excitedly.

Rajat says he has bonded greatly with all the young actors on the sets. "The boys who play Arjun, Chander and Sanjam are my good friends. Harsh who plays Pundir belongs to the original Chauhan family. Interestingly, my first crush was Mohini - one of the characters in the show. The girls who play Jwala and Sayongita have lots of fun fights with me off screen," he reveals.

Boys his age are still in school, so how does Rajat manage his studies, considering he is busy shooting most of the time? "I am studying through correspondence. I have not been to school since the last six months. I make sure I study during the shots," he retorts. Rajat who has actually grown long hair to befit the role of the young royal, otherwise has interests most normal teenagers have. "I love football, swimming and horse riding. I am happy I have a lot of horse riding to do in the show," he says.

Rajat might be still very young but he already has his goals set. "I would like to continue studies. I would go for the performing arts, as I would want to be an actor when I grow up. I don't mind doing films or serials, the role has to be as good as Prithiviraj Chauhan. Hrithik Roshan is my role model as he is very good in action, dance and everything that a hero needs to have. I would one day like to become like him," he gushes.

Rajat of course doesn't have the answer to the million dollar question (how long his track will be continued in the show)! "I really don't know! All I can say is that please watch me as long as I am there and keep on giving me the love and the support that you have always been giving me," he says with a glint in his eye.We are sure he definitely doesn't mind. Neither do we.

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