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Interview: Rohan Mehra: I’ve auditioned for several films ahead of Baazaar and got rejected!!!

Saif Ali Khan starrer Baazaar is about to hit the screens and the film marks the debut of Rohan MEhra staring alongside Radhika Apte and Chitrangada Singh.

In an interview with Cinespeaks, Rohan says…

Q. The trailer is out, people are actually liking your performance, what aee you feeling right now, nervous excited?
More than nervous and excited and I’m being impatient now. I actually can’t wait for the film to get released and for people to go and watch it. I hope everyone liked the trailer and I hope that they’ll like the film as well.

Q. What was your reason of selecting Baazaar 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.

Q. What was the most convincing element about the 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.

Q. What all preps you undergo to get into the skin of the character?
Firstly, I’m playing the role of a stock broker so of course I need to have a bit of 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.

Q. Was acting all you wanted to pursue at the first place?
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.

Q. How did you get in touch with the director and was Baazaar the first film you auditioned for?
I uploaded a picture on Instagram, and while 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.

Q. How was the first day on sets standing besides these established actors and also how was the work experience?
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 her self, 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.

Q. What’s your take on nepotism?
Well I think I can experience it better. My dad was the part of the industry but despite that i faced rejections. I don’t think so it actually works here as of now. And even if with the help of your surname.you meet your debut, what’s the point if you aren’t talented. I don’t feel anyone of us want to do just a single film, we all want a good body of films.

Q. Whom you look up at as your competition?
The industry is no doubt competitive but that’s what keeps you movie 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.

Q. Who is your inspiration in Bollywood?
Varun Dhawan and Ranvir 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.

Q. Is there any added baggage of responsibilities on your soldiers as your Dad was a part of this industry?
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.

Written by: Aakash Gala

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