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Interview With Actor Rahul Singh

Posted by Vivek on August 23, 2009 | 10 Comment

RAHUL SINGH – From being a writing actor to being on the threshold of being written about

Rahul SinghIn Indian Cinema, a Hero is a Hero and a Villian is a Villian, but sometimes solid actors make their debut more driven by the role, as opposed to it’s traditional classifications. One such actor, making his way in Bollywood, is Rahul Singh, who made a solid enough debut in Zubeida…solid enough to be nominated for a national award. This actor is also a writer, having penned the dialogues for movies such as KAANTE. Read on more about him.

You are not from a film family?

No thankfully not, it just builds up added pressure and mostly when the comparison is drawn, the son generally falls short, so luckily none of that baggage. Like any kid watching movies wanted to be a hero, then as I got mature that changed to wanting to become an actor, then as you learn more you realize you want to be a versatile actor. Debates and dramatics in school- Mayo, then doing plays, while in St Xavier’s in Mumbai, to writing around 50 street plays while in college. Also had a theater group called Jagrut, where we used to do plays for various social organizations. Limited money but loads of fun. While in college I was also doing workshops with Naseer, Salim Ghouse, Alique Padamsee, Raghubir Yadav, but felt the need to pursue a formal training in acting. Ended up enrolling in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. While doing this three year course I was also working in the British Film Institute (BFI). On returning to India, the first thing I got was modeling offers. Got a crossover film, but that got stuck halfway, but immediately after that I got Zubeida.

Did it concern you that you were starting your career with one of our most brilliant filmmakers, Shyam Benegal, but that it was a quasi- Arthouse start?

Rahul SinghI’ve been asked this before and my response is that rather than be a part of serious films, I want to be a part of films that are made seriously. Shyam Benegal makes his films seriously, as does David Dhawan, so as long as the filmmaker was serious about his craft, I was and am game. You need brains to make a film, not necessarily to watch a film, so everybody has his own perspective on what is cinema. So a start with any of these serious filmmakers, is a blessing for any actor.

When you saw yourself on screen, did it live up to your expectations?

Absolutely. During shooting, the actor in me was not satisfied, but Shyam babu said it was fine and then the audience felt the same way, so I was like, “really, I wasn’t that outstanding,” but that is the sentiment of an actor. When I saw the film, I was very satisfied.

Still on Zubeida, you started your carrier in a semi negative role, did that bother you, given that in India we generally have this classification of “hero and villain?”

Rahul SinghNo it did not. Although, at that time Television was coming into India in a big way and I got a lot of serial offers where I had to play the antagonist with similar shades as Zebeida, hence it was like asking Gabbar to play Gabbar, many times over. So that did concern me. My response was that in this kind of cinema I have done this kind of role with the best person in the business and I’m not going to make a raita of that same role again.

Since you mentioned Television, does that hold as much promise to you, as Films?

Sure, why not. In fact something I’ve always wanted to do is Short Stories on Television, a different role each time and I’ve met some people who do that kind of stuff, so that would absolutely be of interest to me. I’ve already done a fair share of short films on Television.

Let’s shift gears and talk about your writing, what got you into writing, what films have you written and what kind of films would you like to write?

Rahul SinghI guess writing is partly genetics, since my mother is one of India’s most prolific poets. The first film that I wrote the dialogues for, was KAANTE. I’ve written a screenplay for Shyam Benegal, but that will take it’s turn getting made. My deal is, if it’s my film I act. That way I wrote another film called Kacchi Sadak, it was Amrish Puri’s last film. It did average in the multiplexes although did very well in the smaller cities, it was that kind of a film also. It was very formulaic and my tribute to the 70′s, 80′s angry young man movie, with a backdrop of the liquor trade. I also wrote the dialogues for a film that Kevin Spacey was getting involved with, directed by Khaizad Gustaad. Went to meet Khaizad as an actor and he agreed to have me act in his film and by the end of the meeting was also onboard as a dialogue writer. Then that film got held up. Now I have a couple of scripts that I am working on.

This distinction of dialogue writer and a story writer exists more here in India, than in the US, so given that do you consider yourself more of a dialogue writer, as opposed to a story writer?

Yes dialogue is my forte.

KAANTE was probably the first time that regular language and dialogues were used in Indian cinema, whose idea was that?

The Director’s. Their team had tested a couple of dialogue writers and were not totally happy. That is when one of their assistants who had seen my work asked me to give the dialogues a shot and they liked what they saw, so I was on board.

What are your upcoming films?

There’s Madhur Bhandarkar’s JAIL, where I play one of the lead. There’s a film by Manmohan Shetty’s Company. Delhi Belly, by Aamir Khan Productions, Sikandar by Sudhir Mishra produced by Reliance, Raftaar, another film by Sudhir Mishra in which Farhan Akhtar is also involved, another film by Sudhir Mishra, which has involvement by Kundan Shah, a comedy called Tara Sitara on the backstage politics of the Ram Leela and a couple more.

-Interviewed By Vivek Kumar


10 Responses
dada good photo dilip singh September 29, 2011 at 3:35 am
Mr. Rahul singh is very talented parson.. and the great actor in bollywood.. they was worked in Challo Delhi  he is very good acting of gujjar singh   Lijesh October 6, 2011 at 2:37 am
I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I LOVE YOU... ARPANA February 12, 2012 at 3:14 am
I like u Mr.Brij I don't miss any episod of sapno ke bhanwar mein specially for u. All the best. SUSHMITA RANI February 16, 2012 at 7:17 am
mr. rahul singh is really very handsome n talented person.i love his char brij he is a mind blowing actor.keep it up sir. dalia February 23, 2012 at 7:01 am
hello brij g oh Mr Rahul g you know i like u i m imprese u I have one recqust u plz WILL U MAKE MY FRINED ???? BCZ HUM a officer h but aap me humko humra dost dekha hum aap ke reply ka wait kare ge ok all wise with u. poonam tohni February 28, 2012 at 2:03 am
plz Mr brij g i wait ur reaply plz fast Enter your name... February 29, 2012 at 3:39 am
Rahul Singh rocks as Brij....please do not turn his character negative as he is our Hero and the main reason for most of us to watch SKBM. Lata March 4, 2012 at 2:47 am
i like u so much rahul ji............... sapna thakur March 5, 2012 at 3:33 am
he is a great actor I watch the drama skbm becouse off him he is my best actor he should come in film too i hope he comes in more dramas he is so ramantic ALL THE BEST TO RAHULYOU RAHUL shiraz March 14, 2012 at 6:45 am
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