Happy with no backing in film industry: Rajeev Khandelwal

Mumbai, Dec 29 (IANS) In the Hindi film industry, mostly ruled by the Khans and Kapoors, actor Rajeev Khandelwal is happy that he has been able to make space for himself, without any backing.

He says it is a myth that the film industry is not open to accepting people from outside.

"These are all myths. These are rules made by insecure people... unwritten rules which have led to a perception. I don't think you need to have any kind of backing except your self confidence. Once you believe in yourself, you don't need anything," Rajeev told IANS.

"I don't wish that I had some sort of backing because the fun and the excitement you get (without it) is unparalleled. If things were offered to me on a platter I won't be smiling looking back at my career. There will be ups and downs, but that's what life is about. People should envy you because you charted your own territory," he added.

A successful TV actor thanks to shows like "Kahiin Toh Hoga" and "Left Right Left", Rajeev turned to films with 2008 film "Aamir", and received critical acclaim for his intense performance.

He went on to do films like "Shaitan" and "Soundtrack", and will now be seen in "Table No. 21" with Tena Desae and veteran actor Paresh Rawal.

The film is a thriller, a genre he has already tried. But he admits he doesn't choose his projects based on its genre.

"I just go by my instincts. When I read a script, I see that it should be something which I haven't seen or heard before. This is how I select," he said.

"This film is a thriller, which unveils certain things as the film progresses. But that is not the reason why I picked it up. I don't look at films thinking that these are the kind of films which will work, so I should do them. I go solely by the script," he said.

With more movies joining the Rs.100 crore or even the Rs.200 crore club, Rajeev, who has been part of small or medium budget films, says he is at peace with whatever projects come his way.

"I am satisfied with what I do. If everyone gets into the race, then films like 'Aamir', 'Soundtrack' and 'Shaitan' will not be made. And there are a lot of people who want to watch these films. I don't look at films like business models and I don't want to enter this race," he said.

But the actor feels that since people invest a lot of money in films, they must do well.

"Films must make money as this is an industry where people invest money. But I don't want to be a part of business models where you make a film in a certain manner and release it in a certain manner, just to make money... where we don't look at content and just the collection. I can't overlook the content ever," he said.

Latest News

  • Yesudas lends his voice for 'Barefoot To Goa'

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Praveen Morchhale, who is gearing up with his debut venture "Barefoot To Goa", says he managed to rope in legendary singer K.J. Yesudas, to sing a song in his film. Morchhale told IANS: "Yesudas is very choosy. Then we went to Chennai to record the song with him." While Yesudas is known to have recorded as many as 16 songs in a day, for the song "Naina do nyare" in "Barefoot To Goa", the singer took nearly four hours to record as he wanted it to turn out perfect. …

  • Court rejects Salman's plea to ban media during recording of statement

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Salman Khan moved an application to ban the media during the recording of his statement in a 2002 hit-and-run case in a sessions court here on Friday but it was rejected. Judge D.W. Deshpande rejected the plea but directed the media to report only after the recording of Salman's entire statement is completed. Earlier, Salman reached the Mumbai Sessions Court at 11 a.m. to record his statement on the sequence of events pertaining to the case, which …

  • Abhay Deol finds it tough to pick 'original' films

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Actor Abhay Deol says he is choosy about his films and tries to pick original and out-of-the box scripts. "I have always been choosy and try to do stuff which is original and out of (unique from) regular formula films," the actor said here on Thursday at a dance show. …

  • Rimi Dhar debuts as music director for 'Gun Pe Done'

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Filmmaker Abhik Bhanu has roped in debutante music director Rimi Dhar for his film "Gun Pe Done", and he says he knows he has taken a risk. "The film's music is very peppy, edgy and soulful, just like the movie and upcoming music director Rimi Dhar. Dhar says her tunes are adept with the 'Bollywood masala'. "Director Abhik Bhanu has a dynamic quality of narrating the story and scenes really well, which helped us in the songs too. …

  • Capital to host The Grub Festival April 3-5

    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) All foodies in the capital, get ready for a unique gastronomic experience with the first edition of the food carnival 'The Grub Fest', to be held April 3-5 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium lawns here. The three-day fest will bring together a mix of the city's restaurants and cafes to cook up a culinary treat for food lovers. The Grub Fest is an expressive name as a concept of India's food carnival -- from life-sized pop-up restaurants to homemade carts, food trucks …

  • Balki challenges me with never-done-before roles: Amitabh

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) R. Balakrishnan and Amitabh Bachchan's much anticipated third outing "Shamitabh" turned out to be a box office disaster, but they are all set to collaborate a fourth time for yet another clutter-breaking film. The megastar says working with the filmmaker is enjoyable because he offers roles that challenge him. …

  • 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!' to have new legendary villain: Director

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee says a new legendary villain will emerge out of his crime drama film "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!". Dibakar said: "The villain in this film is such a character, who is on the same level as Byomkesh. Byomkesh respects the villain because he knows that he is very dangerous... The audience will see a new legendary villain in this film. I am satisfied looking at the actor's performance in this film." The actor, who's playing the villain in …

  • Mistreating women makes you a monster, says Sunny Leone

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Actress Sunny Leone, who will do a cameo on TV show "Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan" on Friday, says mistreating and disrespecting women doesn't make a man "cool", and that it makes him "a monster". The current track of the MTV show brings up a social issue highlighting the problems facing women in the country. Speaking about women standing up for their rights, Sunny added: "I think it is extremely important that women should stand up for themselves and be who they want to be. …

Loading...