‘THE ERA OF MOGAMBO IS FAD­ING’

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Tahir Raj Bhasin made his de­but in Mar­daani (2014) as the evil-boy-next-door. He will be es­say­ing a neg­a­tive role once again, in Ab­hi­nay Deo’s up­com­ing ac­tion-thriller. Com­par­ing both the char­ac­ters, Tahir says, “In Mar­daani, I played a much darker char­ac­ter than my role in this film. The char­ac­ter (Walt) was static; how­ever this one does more ac­tion and has a lot more lay­ers to it. It is a fun char­ac­ter to ex­plore.”

Ask him if he feels that he’s be­ing type­cast as a vil­lain in Bol­ly­wood and he quips, “Not at all. It is a great time for grey char­ac­ters. They have evolved and have more di­men­sions. Ac­tors who I ad­mire, like Ir­rfan Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, achieved fame by do­ing neg­a­tive roles. I think the era of black and white of Gab­bar and Mogambo is slowly fad­ing out.”

Tahir also con­fesses that in real life, he is com­pletely op­po­site to the char­ac­ters he has been play­ing on­screen. “I am a ro­man­tic at heart. I would de­scribe my­self as the shy, ro­man­tic kind. Some­day I will do a tra­di­tional ro­man­tic role, but every­thing takes it own course. Sa­maay se pehle aur kismet se zyada kuch nahi milta,” he adds.

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