‘Vikram Bhatt is my mentor'

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‘Vikram Bhatt is my mentor'

Sunday, 27 January 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI

‘Vikram Bhatt is my mentor'

MUSBA HASHMI catches up with Twisted actor Rrahul Sudhir who made his TV debut with Rajaa Beta. He talks about his role in the show and shares his experiences

How does it feel making your TV debut with Rajaa Beta?

I could not have asked for a better role to mark my debut on small screen. I have been offered TV shows earlier as well but I was waiting for the right time and the right show to come my way. I have always wanted to do family dramas and I feel this is the right choice for me.

One thing you like and dislike about your character.

Vedant is that he is an ideal character and he wants to retain the family together. The determination of the character is what draws me towards him. I don’t dislike anything in him because Vedant can handle many situations simultaneously and solve any problem that comes his way, which shows he has a spine.

What was more challenging— TV or web?

Web is a shorter format, we shoot just seven or eight episodes. It is a product of 40 days and everything happens in a very planned way but in TV, we work at length and the execution is also very different. The telecast has to go on a daily basis and therefore, doing TV shows is a tad more difficult and exhausting.

Also, the success of any TV serial is measured by the life span of the show so when we work in TV, we can’t anticipate whether it will be for three months or three years.

How was the experience working with Vikram Bhatt in Maaya and Twisted?

He is an amazing human being. I would call him my mentor because the way he has groomed me as an actor and the kind of inputs that he gives has helped me a lot throughout my journey. I don’t know what I would have been doing today, if I hadn’t worked with him.

How do you unwind?

I can play PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battle Grounds) on my mobile all day. I sleep and I have food all the time, this is my perfect mantra for unwinding.

What was the most challenging project for you?

I consider myself very new as an actor. The previous project that I have done was Twisted 2 and that was the first big project that I have done as a main actor. Now I am playing the lead in a TV show, so by far, this is the most challenging project for me as there is a change of medium and everything is new for me here.

What is your take on shifting relationships?

This show is so apt and it is the right time for the people to witness a show like this because suddenly in the past 10-15 odd years people have started shifting from small towns to larger metros.

The divorce rates nowadays have gone high and more nuclear families are coming up. The concept of joint families is slowly shrinking and it was important to come up with a show like this because each and every relationship is precious and we are nothing without relationships.

How do you see television evolving?

In the current scenario, a lot of TV channels are coming up and there is a sudden increase in the web content which is happening in a country like us where the industry is predominantly dominated by television industry. So the onus lies upon people like us and I am glad that television is coming up with more fresher content and it has become more refreshing for the viewers.

Do you think male-centric shows are monotonous?

This is the best thing that has happened on television. We have seen a lot of shows where a woman is going through all the misery, so we don’t need to show ‘a dukhiyaari female’ every now and then.

Now it is theresponsibility of the man in our society to take up duties. They need to have a role model.

So now, we are not just making ideal women but ideal men also.

I don’t think it is creating monotony because with every story there is a different concept and a different angle. The struggle of each character is different. There was a time when only female-oriented shows were there but all of them had a different story. At the end of the day, there are just two genders so either it will be a male or a female.

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