While Riteish Deshmukh is being spoken about for his versatility today, one man who did believe all through in his multi-faceted personality was Ram Gopal Varma. Though the world around the actor was busy churning out the likes of DHAMAAL and MASTI with him, RGV was the first and the only filmmaker to offer NAACH to him at the very beginning of his career and then follow it up with another intense role in RANN.
|RITEISH DESHMUKH AND RAM GOPAL VARMA|
In fact he went on record to state that in his interactions with Riteish, he found the actor to be totally different from how he appeared on screen, and hence he saw the serious side of him which was waiting to be explored in front of the camera.
‘Yes, it was RGV who first cast me in serious roles. He is in fact the only guy who has not cast me in a comedy. I have a special bond with him and I do feel nice whenever his name comes up in a conversation like this,’ Riteish gets emotional here.
Now that he is being looked at in a different light altogether, what does Riteish attribute this to? Patience, some good decision making or sheer good luck?
‘Well, luck doesn’t work for you till you work hard as well; luck favors only hard working people, not the ones who are lazy,’ Riteish doesn’t beat around the bush here, ‘Everyone who is lucky has worked hard, it is as simple as that.’
We agree. And now that his Marathi film LAI BHAARI is all set to showcase him in a different avatar this Friday, we look forward to yet another image turnaround happening for Riteish Deshmukh.