Fenil and Bollywood

I’m the common man-Rahul Aggarwal

Posted on: January 14, 2010

WHAT’S BREWING? Rahul Aggarwal

Rahul Aggarwal is launching himself as actor, producer and director, all in the same year!

DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 14, 2010)

For a newcomer in the film industry, Rahul Aggarwal sure has a great sense of humour. “This industry is full of men who’re too good looking, somebody has to fill the common man slot,” he said with a laugh when BT asked him about his unconventional looks. For
Rahul’s all set to launch himself as the lead actor in his directorial debut Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke. But initially, his plan was only to direct the film. However, Paresh Rawal, who stars in the comedy along with Narayani Shastri and Om Puri, insisted on Rahul being a part of the film. “He literally bullied me into playing the protagonist as he felt I suited the part,” Rahul recalled with a smile, “I always harboured a passion for acting, so I decided to throw myself into the deep end.” It might be a double responsibility but he’s enjoying it. “It would have been worse if I didn’t have such good actors working alongside me,” added Rahul.

He might be a newcomer when it comes to work but Rahul’s not new to the world of cinema. Son of producer TP Aggarwal, Rahul has grown up on film sets. “I was always keen on being a part of films, so I decided to pursue it as education and did a course in acting and media from Australia,” he revealed. And now that he’s into it professionally, he’s gone full steam ahead. He’s produced a film as well! Red Alert — The War Within will soon be up for release but it has already won rave reviews in film festivals, bagging two awards and getting a thumbs up from critics as well as the audience. With a serious theme like Maoist violence, it is not a usual subject most first-time producers would venture in. “I wanted to project the right image when it comes to the kind of cinema I want to bring out,” he said.

So all in all, 2010 will see Rahul’s debut as a producer, director and actor. “There’s a lot at stake,” admitted the multi-faceted guy. So any thoughts on the coming few months? “I need all the luck I can get!” he replied candidly. We couldn’t agree more Rahul… all the best, by the way!
deepali.dhingra@timesgroup.com

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