Aashiqui will remain a cult film: Rahul Roy
The actor talks to us about his upcoming English film, Night and Fog, and career so far
Rahul Roy is back doing films after a period of hibernation during which he deliberated on what he wanted to do with his life. His realisation: “Once an actor, always an actor.” The actor returns to the spotlight with Night And Fog, an English film directed by Tanvir Ahmad. The film will be dubbed in French too.
Excerpts from a conversation with the actor:
What is the subject of your latest film as an actor, Night And Fog?
Night and Fog is about the angst-filled journey of a film director who believes in following the footsteps of the 10 great masters of cinema, Godard, Buñuel, and so on. He is a filmmaker who believes in making cinema in its purest form. He is not caught in the trap of the star system, he doesn’t pander to anyone; he simply follows his vision. The film is about his struggle to hold on to the trust of his family and fellow beings. The director is trying to regain his self-belief and find himself. As an actor, the film has turned out to be a catharsis for me, too.
This is your second outing with the director Tanvir Ahmad after Ada (2010). Why do you think he returns to you?
Tanvir bhai understands me. I have always had a good equation with most directors. I would like to do more films with Tanvir bhai because his stories stir the soul.
You have been missing from the screen for several years now. Why did you choose this film?
I’m trying to re-establish myself with this and the other films I have on hand. I am coming back after a long time. I’ve got five other films besides Night And Fog -- Welcome To Russia, Gayatri, Rehbar, Love Season, To B or Not To B -- which should be released later this year. I'm hoping all my hard work will pay off.
You are still associated primarily with Mahesh Bhatt's 1990 blockbuster Aashiqui. How would you compare your film with the 2012 sequel starring Aditya Roy Kapoor?
Aashiqui 1 and 2 are two hugely different films. Both were loved immensely and did incredibly well at the box office. In my opinion, though it has been 28 years since Aashiqui came out, it will always remain a cult film.
You were Mahesh Bhatt’s blue-eyed boy once. Did you feel you stayed too long in his shadow?
I’ve been blessed to have done six iconic films with Bhatt saab. I’m a Vishesh Films product. I’ve been in touch with him, and I’ll work for them, as well as for my darling friend Pooja, whenever they have something for me.
After being declared the winner of the first season of Bigg Boss, you could have done more TV reality shows. Why didn't you?
After the Bigg Boss win, I was in Australia. Though I kept visiting India, I couldn’t take up films here. It was my loss. Now I am open to roles on TV if they utilise my talent correctly.
When you look back at life so far, what is the primary emotion you feel?
Contentment. I am happy with both my hits and failures. For me, working is important. I have lost count of the number of times I have been dead. But like the phoenix, I have risen each time there is a story to be told.