7:26 PM IST - Wednesday April 1, 2015

I would love to play ‘Raghav’ again: Rushad Rana (Interview)

Rushad RanaWorking for the past 25 years in the television industry, Rushad Rana however is still known by many as the famous, cute, chocolate boy ‘Raghav’ from the hit TV serial “Hip hip hurray”.

He has also worked in many films, apart from various TV serials. “Upanishad Ganga” one of his latest serials, will commence from 11th March every Sunday at 10 am. On interviewing him we gathered the following.

Firstly, tell us about your character in Upanishad Ganga.

This serial actually takes off from my character. Satyadharm returns to India from the States to learn about the teachings of Upanishad, for which he has to leave behind his fun and frolic lifestyle and totally dedicate himself in learning about Upanishad.

How did Upanishad Ganga happen to you?

I was actually told about this by a friend of mine that I met in a wedding. He asked me to audition for a particular role the next day, but then it turned out that I would have to shave off my head which I couldn’t as I was committed to other roles in various serials. So that’s how the other character, that of Satyadharm happened to me.

How was the experience of working with Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi?

It was great working with him. I had wanted to work with him since a very long time now. I’m glad I got to be directed by this talented personality. Apart from him I also enjoyed working with Vishva Vadola.

Tell us about any memorable incident while shooting for Upanishad Ganga.

I only had to shoot for 3 to 4 days. The shooting was in Benaras and the beauty of that place is very different and enriching.

Tell us about your journey from Hip Hip Hurray to Upanishad Ganga.

The journey has been very fulfilling. I did not take any formal training for acting, all that I picked up as an actor were through the various serials and films that I did. After hip hip hurray, I continuously worked for 6 to 7 years. I got the opportunity to work with Dr. saab, Aditya Chopra, Nikhil Advani, Satyajit Bhatkal and various other directors that I feel lucky about and am grateful for.

If hip hip hurray is made again, which character would you like to play?

I would love to play Raghav again.

Will the youth be able to relate to Upanishad Ganga?

Yes, I think the youth will be able to connect to it. The manner in which the director, Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi has portrayed it, is very interesting. And I also feel that the youth today should know about our vast culture and history.

Upanishad must’ve required you to speak in pure hindi dialect. It must’ve been a little challenging for you?

No, not at all. I always converse in Hindi and it is our national language, one should at least know some of it.

You have worked in various films like Dor, Veer Zara, Sarkar, Super Star, Rab ne Bana di Jodi, Tasveer, Ye Faasle, and Mod. What do you look into before signing any film?

When signing for a film, I don’t look at the length of the role. Even if I get two scenes which are good then I don’t mind doing it. Recently my film “Yeh Faasle” was released in which I played the main lead but it was not successful. That has taught me a hard lesson. To go for the substance rather than the length of the role.

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