“I don’t have any problems admitting that I acted very poorly in ‘Maan Gaye…’ What’s the point of sticking on to something unnecessarily and defending it when you know deep down that you haven’t quite done justice to yourself as an actor,” says Rahul, who was also seen in “Shaurya”, “Tahaan” and “Dil Kabaddi” last year.
“Before The Rains” was a rare movie starring Rahul in 2009, and there won’t be any of his films releasing in the remaining months either.
“That’s because the entire 2009 was spent shooting for various films. I have completed four films and all of them should release next year,” says Rahul, who has decided to try diverse genres, be it horror, thriller, romance or drama.
“I am most excited about ‘The Japanese Wife’ because, honestly, it is by far the best thing that could have happened to me,” gushes Rahul about the Aparna Sen-directed film that also stars Chigasu Takaku, Raima Sen and Moushumi Chatterjee.
“I have got an opportunity to enact the role of someone who progresses from being an 18-year to a 50-year-old. I play a school teacher based in rural Bengal. I am looking forward to the January 2010 release of the film.”
Rahul has also managed to jump into the boardroom of a corporate house, courtesy his film “You Are Fired”.
” ‘You Are Fired’ is a psychological horror thriller and it was quite an experience shooting for it,” says Rahul who plays the rich COO of an international corporate house in the film. “It’s a Hinglish film directed by Sajid Warrier.”
From horror, Rahul moves on to get into some sensitive drama for “Omar”, a film by Onir in which he enacts the role of a gay.
He also gets to romance Shefali Shah in Vipul Shah’s “Kucch Love Jaisa”.
“‘Kucch Love Jaisa’ is a very sweet and tender tale,” smiles Rahul. “I play somebody who is at the lowest level in the underworld and falls in love with Shefali. I am particularly confident about my performance in films like these because as an actor, you always know if and when you have screwed up.
“I got that feeling in ‘Maan Gaye Mughall-e-Azam’ but I feel quite positive about the newer lot of films that I am doing.” The movie co-starring Mallika Sherawat bombed at the box office and left his fans disappointed.
One wonders what happened to his other film “Mumbai Chaka Chak”, which was earlier slated for release last year.
“What I know is that now ‘Mumbai Chaka Chak’ would be brought out as a joint effort between Mahindra, BMC and Suneil Shetty who has been the film’s producer from Day 1,” says Rahul.
“I normally don’t do message-oriented films but I did this one because I love Mumbai. It has a clear and simple message of doing something for the city if you really love it.”