Rajit Kapur: DAM 999 director Sohan had a vision and he fulfilled it excellently

Rachana Sheth By Rachana Sheth | 22 Nov 2011 19:26:39.4170000 IST

Actor Rajit Kapur easily remembered for his famous TV series 'Byomkesh Bakshi' and some memorable roles in the films like SURAJ KA SATVAN GHODA, SARDARI BEGUM, THE MAKING OF THE MAHATMA, GHULAM, TRAIN TO PAKISTAN, ZUBEIDAA, WELL DONE ABBA and many more will be seen in this week's release DAM 999, an emotional thriller, based on the award winning short documentary DAMs - THE LETHAL WATER BOMBS and the Banqiao dam disaster of 1975 that claimed the lives of 250,000 people in China.

"It's very difficult to express what DAM999 is about.... DAM999 is about relationships of three generations, it's about an issue involving construction of dams and displacement of people. The film, which is based on a true incident, has various levels and lot of parallel tracks running together. DAM999 portrays the realities of life. The film showcases the lives of nine characters that represent the nine human emotions or the nine rasas (Navrasa)," says Rajit.

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Talking about his role in the film, Rajit says, "I am playing the role of Shankaran who is into Ayurveda." Nevertheless, Rajit was initially offered another role in the film but before beginning the shoot the makers changed his role and gave him the part of Shankaran.

Director Sohan Roy once claimed that the concept of DAM999 is the hero of the film. And talented actors like Rajit are made for character-driven roles. So, one wonders what really induced Rajit to take up a film like DAM999. However the talented actor has his own reason. Says Rajit, "The role and the concept of this film is pretty interesting. Moreover, the energy and enthusiasm of first time directors is really invigorating. Also this film has the cast from different parts of the world. So all these factors were appealing enough for me to do the film."

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Call it Rajit's sixth sense or he's developed a special quality of identifying a perfect script that whichever film he chooses either turns out to be an award-winning venture or highly acclaimed film. However the modest actor just laughs off and says, "I don't think so. Whatever I find exciting or challenging enough I do it. And that excitement could be anything - working with different people or the intriguing script or the environment around etc."

Further Rajit states that DAM999 is one of its kind films. "Yes DAM999 is one of its kind films, very unique. It has lot of drama and made in 3D," says Rajit. He also praises debutant director Sohan's work. "He's complete outsider and didn't know anything about filmmaking but this man had a vision and he fulfilled it excellently."

Ask him after spending more than a decade in the industry if he wishes to get into direction or turning producer and he says, "I would like to if something interesting comes my way."

About his forthcoming projects he says, "I am currently working on a film called DELHI EYE, supposedly entertaining commercial film."