Getting a break in Bollywood is never easy for television actors.
Their struggle doesn"t end even after bagging a film. If the film
flops, you"re doomed, but even if it succeeds, there"s no guarantee
that it will smooth sailing thereafter. On the contrary, it might
only get worse.
Rajeev Khandelwal, a.k.a Sujal of Kahiin Toh Hoga, achieved
success with his maiden film Aamir. That opened new
opportunities for him, but unfortunately, most of his upcoming
projects are now either being shelved or are shrouded under clouds
Khandelwal had shot for Sanjay Leela Bhansali"s Chenab
Gandhi, John Owen"s Peter Gaya Kaam Se" and Vikram
Tuli"s Mera Naam Joker. Producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali and
director Vibhu Puri differed over the choice of Rajeev. The latter
wasn"t keen on taking Rajeev in the film. Both Joker and Peter
Gaya Kaam Se are stuck in post-production stage. The actor had
also signed director Tanuja Chandra"s film that was to be produced
by Maverick production. Sadly, that project got shelved. He was
also going to be part of the film Return Gift, but that project
might just get shelved after the passing away of director Saurbah
“Few of his films have been scrapped while some are caught in
post production hurdle - that's as good as being shelved. The
problem that TV actors face is not a lack of talent but the not too
many producers are willing to put money on them. Rajeev is said to
be frustrated at the way things are turning out. TV producers are
ready to welcome him back but the actor isn"t keen now. “In the
end, he may not be left with any option but to return to TV," an
industry insider said.
Khandelwal remained unavailable for comment. If his films don"t
materialize, then Mr.Khandelwal will have to face the truth. Or
should we say, 'Sach ka Saamna"!