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Rohan Mehra: I am lucky to essay an underdog character

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Rohan Mehra son of late Vinod Mehra and is making his debut in BAAZAAZ which will hit the screens on Friday. Rohan who has not studied and stayed in India for years came to Mumbai few years back and strived hard to pursue his passion of acting. Like other star kids he didn’t get a grand launch, infact he had to give 500 to 600 auditions to get his first film.

In conversation with Rohan as he spills beans about his journey in Bollywood and more!

Excerpts from the interview

It’s your debut film you are excited or nervous?
More than being nervous and excited and I’m impatient now. I actually can’t wait for the film to get released and for people to go and watch it. I hope as everyone has liked the trailer they like the film as well.


What made you opt for a film like BAAZZAR for your debut?
Well as of now I’m not in a position to select or deselect a particular script. I actually went and asked for the script. I worked hard to earn this script. None came to me and offered it to me. I went through several rounds of auditions to earn this script. It was Nikhil sir narrating me the story. I was drive back in late 70s and early 80s where there were the films like DEEWAR and TRISHUL. It made me nostalgic to my core. There’s the one guy coming from a rural area to this big city. This sounds interesting and that was the main reason to choose BAAZAAR. And above all that, playing an underdog was an interesting element too. The underdog characters are the ones most liked by the audience.

How did you prep for the role?
As I’m playing the role of a stock broker so of course I had to gage knowledge about the finance in India. Luckily I’ve a degree in Economics so that wasn’t a difficult part. The other major thing was to understand the mentality of small town people. I’m the one in the film who migrates from a small town to this big bad world of money and fame which is anyways intimidating. So for me the most important portion was to understand the nature of my character, because once you nail that then everyone else can relate to it.

Did you always wanted to become an actor?
Not really! I grew up in a place far away from Mumbai, from India and of course from Bollywood. So being a part of Bollywood wasn’t even in a distant dream to me. I come from a small town and when I entered the city I realized that I can do anything I want to. And I always loved watching films and I was passionate about storytelling. So this came to me quite later.

How did you bag this film?
I uploaded a picture on social media, and during the casting process they saw that picture and called me up for an audition. BAAZAAR wasn’t the first film I auditioned for; I went through several auditions before doing BAAZAAR.

How was it working with Saif and Chitrangada Singh?
First day was totally intimidating for me. Standing besides Saif Ali Khan who is an established actor, a superstar rather, Radhika Apte who came out and proved herself, she’s such a phenomenal actor and Chitrangada unfortunately I don’t have many scenes with her but the experience was mesmerizing and memorable. With Saif I’ve most number of scenes with and not for a single day even he made me feel nervous, he’s such a humorous person, so chilled out that my nervousness faded then and there. Even Radhika never made me feel that she’s so senior to me and stuff. It was great working with all of them.


What do you have to say about the competition in the industry?
The industry is no doubt competitive but that’s what keeps you moving forward. I don’t think so that anyone’s a competition. This year Ishan made his debut, Aayush made his debut and both were fantastic! The biggest eye-opener was an interview of Amitabh Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor in which Amit sir says, ‘that he can’t do things which Ranbir can because his face doesn’t moves that way. So everyone is a different individual with different sets of talent’.

Who is your inspiration in Bollywood?
Varun Dhawan and Ranveer Singh! The industry demands connectivity, you’re here to entertain the audience; there is so much of money involved. Besides that they’re doing what they want to because they’re so magnificent that they can actually connect themselves to the viewers and that’s what I feel is most important to survive in this Industry.

Are you pressurized that you are following your dad’s legacy?
I don’t feel the pressure as of now because until the trailer launched none actually recognized me. And I think I’ve got the opportunity to take the legacy of my dad forward.

 

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