Interview With Actor Rahul Singh
Posted by Vivek on August 23, 2009 | 18 Comment
RAHUL SINGH – From being a writing actor to being on the threshold of being written about
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?
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?”
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?
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