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"I have learnt from my mistakes": Rakesh Bapat

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 15:24 [IST]

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Rajesh Bapat has just replaced Arjun Punj for the character Prem in 'Saathi Re' and is expecting that the audience will like him in the show. A Mr Grasim India winner, Rajesh aspires to be a successful Bollywood actor and producer. We met him recently to learn about his present assignment, future plans and more. Here is the excerpt of the interview.

Tell us something about your character in 'Saathii Re'?
Basically, I play Prem, the love interest of Suman in the serial and my character has lots of shades.

Will the character turn grey?
Maybe.

How is your chemistry with Parakh Madan and Aamir Dalvi?
I know them very well since the production house is the same (for 'Saat Phere' and 'Saathi Re'). Sometimes we used to shoot at same building and had a lot of interactions. I have known Parakh through a common friend. We all are extremely comfortable working with each other.

The show is not doing well. Do you think your entry will bring the much needed spark to the show?
I hope it catches up, but it all depends on the audiences. I hope they like my character.

You have replace Arjun Punj in the show. Does this mean we can see something new?
Just wait and watch.

Have you planned any special looks for the character?
Prem is a US-returned guy so he will be stylish. You will see him wearing a lot of sweat leather jackets and jeans.

You have traveled from 'Grasim Mr. India' to 'Saathii Re'. How has been the journey in the glamour world been?
It has been a fantastic ride. There have been ups and downs and I have taken a lot of wrong decisions and learnt from my mistakes. But I have enjoyed everything thoroughly. It shows how you should take on your life and gain from your experiences.

Being a national award winner in painting, when can your fans expect to see your exhibition?
I am working towards it. I will have a exhibition of my paintings and sculptors once I have a library of my collections.

What about your plans of venturing into filmmaking?
We are working on 3-4 scripts and once it is finalised we will go on the floor by January next.

Will you be directing the project too?
No, I will be the producer.

Is there any other serial you are working on?
No, right now I am busy with paintings, sculptors, films and 'Saathi Re'.

Any plans of getting back in films?
Talks are going on for a few international projects. Once they are finalised I can let you know about them. But you will see me soon on the silver screen.

You had quit 'Saat Phere' due to some differences with the Sphere Origins relating to the character...
No, that's not true. They are the sweetest people to work with. There was never any problem with them.

Topics: saathi re, parakh madan, aamir dalvi, saat phere, rajesh bapat, arjun punj, sphere origins
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