'I have very pleasant memories with SAARE JAHAAN SE MEHNGA'
His association with acting began with the theatre group 'Kreating Charakters' and did interesting plays such as `Aadhe Adhoore', `Dastak'. Later, he faced the camera for a commercial. Now, Ranjan Chabbra, a young actor makes his movie debut with Revel Films' SAARE JAHAAN SE MEHNGA... releasing on 8th March 2013. With a degree in Mass Communications and a title of Mr. Noida already in his kitty, Ranjan is all set for his debut release. After the success of Revel Films' previous venture PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA, the expectations from SAARE JAHAAN SE MEHNGA are high too. Ranjan talks about his experiences with the film, the banner and playing the character of `Gopal'- the quintessential middle class youth of India. Here are excerpts from the conversation:
Tell us about your character, Gopal in the film SAARE JAHAAN SE MEHNGA? Gopal is a boy- next- door. He is not focused in life and is very unclear about his future. His chemistry with his dad is very good and is very close to his father. His sister-in-law is a mother figure to him. Gopal is also in love with a girl named Suman. So in the family, he is pampered by everyone except his elder brother who points out his faults and gives him an earful when required.
How did you bag this role? Roopesh Thapliyal, who is the writer of the film found me suitable for this character. Then he talked to Ashok Pandey, the producer about me. Ashokji was fine with a new face as long as he delivered. Then Anshul, the director, came into the picture. He took some workshops with me and later I was finalised.
How was your experience with Sanjay Mishra and other co-stars in the film SJSM? It was a great experience to work with Sanjay ji, Badola ji, Pragatiji and Zakir ji. All of them were very cooperative. I actually felt that they were like my family so our on-screen chemistry has come across really well.
Your on-screen chemistry with Disha is also very natural and spontaneous. How did you two get along on the sets? I think for an actor the most important thing is to have a good chemistry with the director. The director is after all the captain of the ship! He navigates you to different areas of filmmaking smoothly. It was because of Anshul, my rapport with everyone on the sets was good. As for Disha, she plays my love interest; she was very cooperative and followed the director's instructions to the `T'. I think the comfort level should come from both the sides to establish a good rapport.
This is your debut film with a new director. How was it working with Anhsul? I shot for many days at a stretch so I was very much involved in the role. Every day there was something new to learn and that was really exciting for me. Coming to Anshul, he was very cooperative and always gave me the liberty to offer my inputs pertaining to my character. If I went wrong anywhere, he would patiently correct me and explain the situation with proper reasoning. I feel lucky to have a director like him.
`Revel Films' is also your first production house. How was your experience with them? `Revel Films' has given me my first break in movies. With the kind of trust Ashokji showed in me, I had a great responsibility to give my best shot! This kind of opportunity comes rarely. The shooting of the film was no less than a roller-coaster ride but in the end, I have very pleasant memories with them.
What are your upcoming projects? I have already signed my next project BACH GAYE RE OBAMA with Revel Films. I am also reading a few scripts but I haven't yet finalised them.
Would you call yourself a professionally trained actor? I have done theatre with `Kreating Charakters' where I did my acting workshops. I have been associated with the theatre for a few years. Besides that I have done my graduation in BJMC (Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication ) so I am pretty familiar with the process of film-making and its nuances.