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Mukesh Rishi has worked on many Bollywood blockbusters such as Sarfarosh, Indian, Gardish, Koi Milgaya, Run, Ghatak and Tumko Na Bhool Payenge and has done quite a few south indian films as well. And, now he is making his come back to Bollywood with his new film 'Lahore'. He speaks on his Bollywood experience so far in an interview...
Tell us some thing about your forth-coming film Lahore?
It's an India-Pakistan story that has not been seen ever before in the history of Indian Cinema and cricket plays a role in the film. It is a humble but a strong move to bind the cords of friendship between the two countries. It's a story which touches the heart of an ordinary person.
How was your experience with your co stars?
In this movie, we will be introducing new stars as the Hero and the Heroin and there are other actors like Nafisa Ali, Farookh Shiekh, Nirmal Pandey, Ayub Khan, Ashish Vidyarthi as well. A major part of the movie is yet to be shot- we have just completed a part of it and it has been a good experience to work with them.
What is your dream role? Are you planning to do comic roles as well?
See, it is all up to directors and what kind of characters they offer. I usually get all the negative characters and so, that what I am doing. However, I have already played a role with a touch of comedy in the film Run and I would be very pleased to work in movies like Black&Eklavya. More over there is no variety in our work as a villain.
What do you think about Bollywood's future 5 to 10 years from now?
After watching the movie Krrish, I can say that Bollywood is going to produce movies at par with Hollywood in terms of technique and budget.
Are you planning to move towards any other wing of film making like Direction, Production etc? Is there any other movie in the pipeline apart from Lahore?
No, I don't have any such plans. I will continue with my acting. And I am working in movies like actor Kamal Amrohi's Hote Hote Hogaya and another Punjabi film Varisha in which I am doing lead role.
How you are going to manage with your work in South India as well as in Bollywood?
I don't want any hustle in work; I will do 3-4 movies in the south and 3-4 movies in Hindi.
Who is your favorite actor in Bollywood?
I admire Aamir, Salman & Sunny; I have worked with Sunny in movies like Ghatak, Arjun Pandit, Indian etc as well.
What do you do in your free time, and tell us some thing about your family?
(grinning) Well I have two kids. Exercise is my best friend, whenever I get time I work out.