Monday, September 03, 2007
After starting his career on television, newcomer Rajveer's debut film Kaisay Kahein has hit the screens and met with a lukewarm response. He talks to us about how he made it into the film industry and recounts memorable incidents during the making of the movie.
Your movie got released last week, how does it feel to be a part of Bollywood?
It feels great, it's a dream come true. It's an experience that cannot be expressed, but can only be felt. The hard work that we have put in shows in the final product. I am thankful to god and Smitaji for this.
How did you get this role?
I used to work in a production house and met Smitaji through a friend of mine. She initially told me that if I was thinking that she would make a movie with me, I was wrong. Two years later, she approached me with a different plan and my joy knew no bounds.
Did you always want to become an actor?
Yes, I always wanted to become an actor. And it is now a reality. I still remember I was in the fifth standard when I got the chance to perform on stage, that too, the role of a girl. It was the first time I had acted.
Have you attended acting workshops?
No, I have never gone to any acting class. My father always told me to learn acting by watching performances of veterans. I used to watch Amitabhji and Shahrukhji on screen and learnt from their performances.
Who are your Bollywood idols?
Shahrukhji, Akshay Kumar and Govinda, they are all mind-blowing.
How was the experience of working with Neha Julka?
It was a pleasure working with her; she is a nice and confident actress. The chemistry between us was good.
In an interview, Neha said that director Mohit Hussain was arrogant in the beginning. Your comments?
Initially, he did come across as very rigid to me. He was in no mood to compromise on his ideas but I think as a director he must have had a vision which he did not want anyone to tamper with. Now we share a very good rapport with him.
You said you have worked with a production house as an assistant director so did you also assist Mohit in the making of this movie?
No, from the direction point of view, I was nowhere in the picture. But I was involved in the dubbing and publicity even though it was not my job. I did so because it was like a house production for me.
You are known to be a shy person, so did you face any problems while shooting?
Yes, I am a shy person. There was an incident on the sets that I find very amusing now. We were shooting for the promos and I had to hug Neha as part of the scene. But I was very shy hugging her in front of her mother who was present there. So I asked the crew to take her mom away for five minutes so that I can give the shot with ease.
What does Smita Thackeray mean to you?
I call her my god mother. Today, whatever I am it's all because of her. She is instrumental in making my dreams come true. Tomorrow whatever I become, the foundation will be Smitaji.
Are you satisfied with the kind of response your movie has got?
I am satisfied with my work and the labour that we all have put in. Today, people go with their families and watch movies at multiplexes that charge them a minimum of Rs 1,000. Kaise Kahein's release date clashed with Heyy Babyy which is a multi-starrer, so our film's opening was a bit dull. But I am still happy with the response.
Don't you think it wasn't justified to launch Kaisay Kahein along with Heyy Babyy?
No, the time is generally bad to start a good project. We had no other option as every week till December some or the other big banner movie is getting released.
Smitaji is planning another film and I have even got offers from other producers but I can't say anything till they materialize.
Are you willing to take up a role in television, if given an offer?
I started off with television and I see no harm in doing television if things don't work out in films.