‘THE ERA OF MOGAMBO IS FADING’
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.