"All Indians can identify with 26-12": Maninder Singh

Maninder Singh who is brilliantly essaying the role of the brave cop Randeep Rathore on 26-12 on Life OK speaks to tellybuzz about his role on the show….

Saturday, December 08, 2012 | 11:07:05 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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How did you prepare for the role of Randeep Rathore?

The writer Saurabh Shukla and the director Siddharth Sengupta have been instrumental in setting up this show. They greatly helped me to get into the skin of the character. They told me about brave personalities of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad like Hemant Karkare and the others who bravely fought for our country. I felt very emotional about the valiant cops who had sacrificed their lives for their country.


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I am speechless when I think of heroes like Hemant Karkare, Tukaram Omble, Vijay Salaskar, Shashank Shinde, Sadanand Date etc. To them safeguarding their country came first; it was far more important than their families and personal problems. I am full of awe when I think of the dauntless martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the country. India is proud to have heroes like these. We simply just can't repay what they have done for the nation. 


How would you describe Randeep?

Ranveer is a very ruthless and hard going police officer. He is somewhat impatient, for instance he may just go for a kill. He is determined about protecting his country. However there is an emotional side to him too which will be revealed later on the show.


I feel that 26-12 is attracting many male viewers too…

This show appeals to the young and the old, men and women both. All Indians can identify with 26-12. We should be united in the fight against terrorism so that these attacks aren't repeated in future. Just mourning the death of the innocent victims through candle marches isn't enough.


According to you how can Indian citizens fight against terrorism?

Sometimes we can prevent a terrorist attack by doing very simple things. For instance if you find a neighbour suspicious, you should report this to the police who will then do an inquiry. Also when you see a suspicious object you need to inform the authorities.


Do you think that 9pm is too early a slot for a mature show like 26-12? It doesn't have intimate scenes but the terrorism topic may not be appropriate for kids, it also has some violent scenes….

I disagree. In fact I think that 9pm is a great time slot for this show. This is peak prime time and the whole family should sit together before the TV and watch 26-12 as it has a very strong social message. There is violence on the show but it's minimal and underplayed. There may be far more violence being shown on news channels.


Should terrorists who kill many people be given the death sentence?

Absolutely, as the terrorists, have after all been ruthless. If they aren't giving the death sentence other terrorists will get the impression that they can just kill and get away with it. We should come down strongly with the message that if terrorists kill, the death penalty awaits them.


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Posted on: 03 April 2013 at 5:23am
Why this article isnt tagged wid Maninder yet?Guys pls request in suggestions section.This will give him added points to increase his rank.

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Posted on: 27 March 2013 at 2:19pm
Really liked a lot...maninder singh is the perfect guy to play the role of an STF ccop in this show 2612...just flawless interview...he has a great personality and as a human being is too good to play this role...really for me i think he is the best

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Posted on: 27 March 2013 at 9:12am
Wow.what a wonderful interview.Keep rocking Maninder.
U r a brilliant actor.Way 2 go man.
U deserve much more recognition.

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Posted on: 14 February 2013 at 7:44am
Thanks Maninder for ur nice cnversation.keep rocking

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Posted on: 21 December 2012 at 5:34pm
i love this show & i love Randeep :)

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Posted on: 16 December 2012 at 10:30pm
Supersonic SundayMahaEpisode..!!!...Team26-12 ,like this,wish to see next ten days ka episodes in one go ... without any commercial break!!!!!..: )...GREAT show!!!!!!!!

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Posted on: 13 December 2012 at 7:09am
"Just mourning the death of the innocent victims through candle marches isn't enough."i loved this line by him.. its absolutely true...loved his answers and him as randeep...

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Posted on: 11 December 2012 at 4:13am
hes doing greta job in this show & its really a v.gud show atleast till now. the only oder actor i liked in cop's role apart from abhay rai singh of Phulwa is his ckt.keep it up.

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Posted on: 08 December 2012 at 8:21am
all actors r grt .. they all have already got into the skin of their role .. great show till now .. can we have a visit to the set video ??

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Posted on: 08 December 2012 at 7:47am
thanks for sharing the Article!! This show is far better than saas bahu sagas. Not only him all the actors are into the skin of the characters in this show. This is just going gr8!!

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