After successfully portraying the character of Sharifuddin Hussain in
Jodha Akhbar, Niketan Dheer would now be seen playing the character of
Gajni Hakkam in Apoorva Lakhia
’s Mission Instanbul. Niketan, who wasn’t
happy due his major chunk being edited in his first film, believes
Mission Istanbul is going to be a major break in his career. Let’s hear
what more this young actor has to say about his upcoming film.
Q. Which genre will Mission Istanbul be fitting the most?
If you have seen Shootout At Lokhandwala then I would say that it
has much more action than that film. Appu has really made a beautiful
film and has put in a lot of hard work in it. I hope audiences love
this film. I have a lot of expectations with this movie.
Q. Did Apoorva approached you for the film or vice-versa?
I was shooting for the climax of Jodha Akhbar in Rajasthan and the
film’s action director Ravi Diwan is very close to Suniel Shetty. Ravi
came to know that Suniel and Apoorva are on the look out for some young
guy and recommended me for the character. At that time I had grown
beard according to the need to Sharifuddin’s character and they were
having difficulty seeing my young face. Luckily I had some of my photos
without the beard. After seeing those pics they immediately selected me
for the role. They were also impressed seeing my action certificate.
The happiest thing for me is that
someone showed so much faith in me
and my action capabilities as when Ravi Diwan had told them about my
action scenes in Jodha Akhbar since then only Suniel and Apoorva were
sure to give me the role in their film.
Q. Tell us about your character in the film.
I am playing the character of a Turkey business tycoon named Gajni
Hakkan. At a very young age Gajni gets millions worth ancestral
property and he, too, adds to this property a lot. He runs a news
channel. According to him with money and power it’s possible to get
anything in this world. He maybe a silent character but at the same
time he is very shrewd and arrogant.
Q. How was it working with Apoorva?
He is a very nice person by heart and I treat him like my big
brother. Whenever I am in need of any type of guidance I always consult
him and he also gives me the right solution for it. He never considered
me to be an amateur actor in front of other actors. And this is one
characteristic which earns any person respect. I don’t know whether we
would work together again or not in the future but my respect towards
him will always be the same. From my side, I would love to work again
with him. Every scene he shot was mind blowing. I think his type of
directors can bring out the best in any actor.
Q. How was it working with other actors of the film?
It was nice working with everyone especially I became very good
friend to Zaida and Shabbir. On our off days, too, we have to be
together. We had a lot of fun on the sets as luckily we had a lot of
scenes together in the film.
Q. Like in Jodha Akhbar here, too, you would be seen in a negative character…
The fact is I always wanted to be launched as a solo hero and
Ashutosh, too, realized it. He was a little hesitant before offering me
Shariffudin’s character. But my dad made me understand the way as so
many new actors are entering Bollywood, it would be difficult for me to
prove myself. Dad further explained that due to big names like Hrithik
and Aishwarya associated with Jodha Akhbar at least viewers would come
to theatre and henceforth be able to see your work. This is why I chose
to do that character. But a lot of my scenes were been edited in the
film as the film was too long. Unfortunately the reason behind my
character been negative also got cut while editing.
Q. Tell us about your look in Mission Istanbul…
If you have seen the promo then you would know that I have been
given a look of a clean-shaved man with short hairs. The style of all
the actors has been planned by Falguni Thakur. But I would like to give
all the credit to Appu. Even before film went on the floors Appu had
sketched the look of the characters in his mind. I am very thankful to
Appu for thinking such a look for me as even I wouldn’t have thought of
such a brilliant look.
Q. Did you have gone through any homework for your character?
No. I didn’t do any homework for this character. But, yeah, since in
Jodha Akhbar I was to look like a Moghul, I had to put on some weight.
Again for this character I needed to look slim and I sweated out 15
kilos for it in two months. So, before taking on the script I worked on
my physical features. After reading the script I realized that there’s
a lot of difference between Shariffudin and Gajni’s character.
Shariffudin neither had money and power but Gajni has everything.
Q. Jodha Akhbar was called to be Hrithik and Aishwarya’s film while
Mission Istanbul is believed to be Vivek Oberoi’s movie. Don’t you feel
See, everyone wants to be in the centre of attraction. Through
Mission Istanbul I got the opportunity to display my acting talent and
that’s the reason I consider this film to be my career starter. Apoorva
belongs to those kinds of directors who give equal coverage to stars as
well as other characters of his film. Now everyone isn’t lucky to have
a dream launch but I believe a door is present for everyone and each
has to walk through their respective doors.
Q. In Bollywood, description of a hero is something different and people feel that you don’t fit into it…
I don’t know about the present scenario but I am sure after five
years from now things are going to be changed. There have been many
actors in the past who with their own different style succeeded in
proving their acting talent and also earned a huge fan following. I am
sure one day I would prove those people wrong who don’t consider me as
having a hero material.