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Experimenting With Roles

A film’s success isn’t always measured with box-office numbers, Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho, the content driven unique, small-budget production has received some rave reviews from Rajkumar Hirani, Amitabh Bachchan and others for its unique concept. This week, we had a chat with the actor Rahul Bagga about his experience while making the film.

BACKGROUND

I am originally from Delhi. I forayed into theatre a long time ago and became actively involved in the craft. Becoming an actor was a childhood dream and I moved to Mumbai to see if I can make it in the film industry. It was not easy as so many people come to Mumbai every day, thinking they will get a break. But I knew if I had faith in myself, I would be able to carve a niche for myself one day.

FIRST PROJECT

When I move to Mumbai, I was ready to take every opportunity that came my way and was lucky to get a break with Yash Raj. They were making a television series. So my first big break was the serial Powder. I also acted in their next television show, Kismat. After that, I landed a role in Sameer Sharma’s film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. After that, there was something or the other that kept coming up.

ON MISS TANAKPUR HAZIR HO

One of my friends was doing costumes for Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho. She told me that they were looking for a lead actor for the film. I auditioned and bagged the role. It was an interesting concept, a one-of-a-kind story. We worked as a team and developed each character. Our director Vinod Kapri was a journalist and therefore has tremendous depth of knowledge. While narrating scenes to us we always used to give us an indepth visions of the sequences. All his research was very helpful to us as actors. Also, I was working with fabulous actors like Annu Kapoor, Sanjay Mishra and Om Puri. They helped every actor to give their best shot.

ON CHOOSING DIFFERENT ROLES

When I did Mastram, everyone told me I might get typecast. Even when I was signing Miss Tanakpur… people around me were a little apprehensive when I told them the story. But I was very clear that, I had to experiment with roles and new concepts. I was apprehensive but only for the crussification scene shown in the trailer. I was skeptical about how the audience would react to it. But it came out well and we are getting a positive response from the audience. Today, if one has to make a film based on a new concept, it is a struggle. We struggled too, but we finally managed to get the backing of Fox Star Studios.

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