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DNJAI29086 | 12/20/2011 | Author : Manjari Singh | WC :664
"I am no saint; I have been corrupt
too," Rajeev Khandelwal said candidly when confronted with his own
'Sach' regarding corruption in any form. "I am a human being, after
all," he said in his defence.
And yes, it was mostly those who hadn't had the chance to make money who talked about corruption, he went on to admit!
This was over the telephone to After Hrs from New Delhi on Monday when the Jaipur lad was promoting Season 2 of his show Sach ka Samna by interacting with the students of SRCC (Shri Ram College of Commerce) on the burning issue of the day—corruption.
"But life has been in the change mode for the past three years," Rajeev said. "I have been observing life more closely and trying to become a better human being," he said honestly in a freewheeling chat on about corruption, Sach ka Samna-2, movies and life...
So, why corruption this season?
Why not corruption? Everyone seems to be talking about it! It had been the debate of the year and, most importantly, many of us learnt that it's not only about pointing out fingers but also looking inside one's self.
And Sach ka Samna has always been about corruption; people from different walks of life come clean on the show.
What happened in the SRCC auditorium?
Like I said, it was a part of show promotion. We COULD have done it in a grander way, like in a mall or somewhere else. But we chose SRCC and I was amazed to see the enthusiasm among the students, not about the show, but their mindset about the corruption (prevalent in the country). These 18-19-year-olds are so aware of all that is happening that it gives me hope that things are not bad as they seem to be. They are the future, after all!
Have you ever bribed anyone or faced instances of corruption?
I am not the ideal citizen, I get tempted. Corruption is not all about fraud in financial transaction; a person can be corrupt in many ways. But, for the past three years, I have been trying to be a better person. No, it's not that something drastic happened three years ago, but it's just that I have started understanding my responsibilities better. And then, Sach ka Samna has had a huge impact on my life.
What kind of impact?
I have stopped being judgmental. Things are not exactly as they appear to be. People from different parts of the country come on the show and they all have different stories behind them. I have started respecting people more. I have a very high regard for people walking on the road (now); I believe they can be as good or as average as I am.
People open up their lives on your show. There must have been times when you get nervous or felt bad about being intrusive...
What do I say? I connect the way human beings connect to each other. I get emotional sometimes.
The last season ended up creating loads of controversies…
We were not looking for controversies. A lot of people say controversies make a show popular, but I would like to say, it was the content that made Sach ka Samna made popular not the controversies.
And, what of your Bollywood affair? You are recognised as a good actor but do you feel the commercial success is missing somewhere?
Nothing is missing. I am getting to do my kind of films and I am happy about that. And I will only talk about my films when they will be ready to release. There had been a lot of talk about UTV's Peter Gaya Kaam Se, but the film never happened. I have a film coming next year but I do not want to talk about it right now.
And what about TV, any soap?
Only Sach ka Samna is happening on TV, no soaps. Why should I do something I have done before?
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It's easy to put someone in the hot seat and grill them to reveal secrets. So we thought why not put the Soundtrack actor, who is hosting the second season of the controversial TV show Sach Ka Samna, on the spot. And to our surprise, the good-looking Rajeev Khandelwal does a pretty good job of dealing with truth. At times he shows his human side, filled with strong emotions like anger, jealousy and pride, and at other times he comes across as detached, a mask he likes to hide behind at most times for survival in the glitzy, glamorous world of films
Have you ever wished you were not an actor?
No. Who would want to give up his/her passion!
Have you ever regretted quitting television?
No. Never! On the contrary I am glad I did that. I wouldn't be where I am today had I not quit TV back in the day.
Have you ever wished you could change something about your launch vehicle Aamir?
No. It's a classic. A consummate film.
Have you ever wished you were a Khan or a Kapoor?
No. I am proud to be Khan-delwal.(smarty hero )
Have you ever wished you had acted in a particular film?
Yes. All the films of Mr Yash Chopra.
Have you ever regretted saying no to a film?
Have you ever turned down a film because you were not happy with the money offered?
No. I have lowered my price to be part of interesting and exciting projects.
Have you ever felt that you are a better actor than some top male stars in Bollywood?
No. I am top in my own category.
Have you ever suggested an actor's name for the part of leading lady to your director?
Yes, whenever I have been asked for my suggestions.
Have you ever wanted to desperately work with a director?
Yes, Mr Yash Chopra!
Have you ever felt the industry has been unfair to you?
No. I don't blame others for my hardships, just as I don't credit them for my achievements. Every individual faces challenges. Self pity is a sad approach.
Have you ever lied to your parents or wife?
Yes, many times.
Have you ever looked at another woman after getting married?
The questions are getting tougher. Hmmm I will have to say 'Yes'. Plenty of times.
Has your wife ever had a problem with your kissing and lovemaking scenes?
No. At least, that is what I feel. (on second thots when he did such scenes
Have you ever been jealous when your wife appreciated another actor?
Yes. She loves Salman Khan. (& we love u )
Have you ever broken a law?
Sadly ? yes. Traffic laws at times.
Have you ever wanted to hit a person?
Yes, recently, not one but two people. (kick expert) I will write about it in my autobiography.
Have you ever wished you did not live in Mumbai?
No. It's unthinkable now.
Have you ever wished you were a superhero?
No. I like humans. Humans created superhumans. I'd rather be the creator then the creation.
Have you ever dreamed of going Hollywood?
Yes. I would love to go international.
Have you ever got bored of acting?
No. I don't think I will ever get bored of acting. Not in this lifetime.
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