Q&A: RAHUL BHAT

Rahul Bhat, ac­tor, on Daas Dev, quit­ting act­ing and fu­ture projects

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Q. What made you quit act­ing for eight years?

Dur­ing the shoot of Nayee Pa­dosan (2003), I re­alised the need to think about the kind of cin­ema I re­ally wanted to do. It made more sense to pro­duce for tele­vi­sion than ac­cept medi­ocre work as an ac­tor. One day, Anurag Kashyap of­fered me Ugly, and I was back in busi­ness.

Q. What was it like work­ing with Sud­hir Mishra in Daas Dev?

Sud­hir gives 100 per cent to each of his projects. Daas Dev was a multi-lay­ered ex­pe­ri­ence that chal­lenged me as an ac­tor. Sud­hir brought out the best in me. This char­ac­ter has been played by ac­tors like Dilip Ku­mar and Shah Rukh Khan, whom I ad­mire. But when peo­ple see Daas Dev, they won’t see Rahul Bhat but Dev.

Q. You didn’t have to drink on the sets to get into the mood.

Yes. All that had hap­pened while shoot­ing for Ugly (2014), in which I played a frus­trated ac­tor. Play­ing Dev was a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge; it would be un­fair to com­pare it with my role in Anurag’s film.

Q. Tell us about your forth­com­ing projects.

One is Ajay Behl’s movie, Lady Killer, a new age noir love story. The other, Lo­cal Hero, is a ro­man­tic thriller by a new di­rec­tor.

—with Sukant Deepak

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