‘Cannot measure how much I learnt from Rani ma’am’

Debarati Palit Singh
Thursday, 15 March 2018

Actor Rohit Saraf talks about being part of Hichki, working with Rani Mukerji and why he doesn’t want to go back to television

Remember Alia Bhatt’s teenage brother kiddo in Dear Zindagi? The actor — Rohit Saraf — will be seen playing a pivotal role in Rani Mukerji’s comeback film Hichki. The YRF production, releasing on March 23, is directed by Sidharth P Malhotra.

Without divulging much about his character, Rohit, who made his acting debut with Channel V India’s Best Friends Forever says that it’s a character he’s not played before. “My character goes through emotions I haven’t explored before. It’s polar opposite of what I have done in Dear Zindagi. It’s an opportunity that I got to show my versatility and I am really happy about that,” he says.

The actor admits that his director Sidharth gave him immense liberty to play the character the way he wanted. “Which was really good and the best part was that we could improvise on the set. He made me feel that I could take the liberty of moulding myself to the character as well as the character into me. That kind of made my job easier.”

Rohit says that he bagged the film while the shoot had begun and it was Dear Zindagi which helped him bag this project.

“Shanoo Maam’s team (YRF’s casting director Shanoo Sharma) contacted me. They had asked me to come for audition at 11.30 pm, which I found really weird (laughs). But when I reached their office, I had to go through three auditions after which I was selected,” he says.

As the discussion moves towards working with Rani, Rohit says that it’s not possible to measure the amount of experience he has gained after working with the talented actress. “You cannot measure how much you get to learn from Rani ma’am. I have learnt so much from each take, each scene. But one thing that I have learnt really well is being in the character. All through the shooting, Rani ma’am used to be in her onscreen character and I would like to do that in my future projects. She had completely moulded herself into that character and would live it every moment. She was so confident. Personally, I struggled with that.”

Even though Rohit started his career in TV, he says that he wants to concentrate on films and ads currently. “I do not want to go back to TV. I have realised that I enjoy films and commercials more,” he says before signing off.

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