In a first, Raghu Mukherjee to play a negative role in Prajwal Devaraj's next, Inspector Vikram
Made under Vikyath Production, the film also features Darshan in a pivotal role
Raghu Mukherjee’s presence in a film is rare, mainly because he’s particular that he establishes himself with strong characters. The model-turned-hero, known for his role in Jacob Varghese’s Savari, is back after taking a paternity break. The role that has caught his fancy is a negative one in Prajwal Devaraj’s upcoming film, Inspector Vikram, directed by Narasimha. Made under Vikyath Production, the film also features Darshan in a pivotal role.
We hear that Raghu has been ‘secretly’ working on his look, and has grown a moustache to fit the character. “I had never expected to be offered a role like this. I didn’t think anybody would call me to play a negative character, nor did I think I would take up something like this,” says the actor, adding, “Having said that, you can’t call my character in Inspector Vikram a villain. He is one of the strong protagonists who challenges the other character. To make a commercial film work, at least two strong characters are required. I don’t see myself as a conventional villain, which is where this role differs.”
Talking about the history behind his character in Inspector Vikram, Raghu says, “The makers were clear about the kind of actor they were looking for. I am told that one of the reasons I bagged the role, is my deep voice. They wanted this character to have a different feel. Since I come from a modelling background and people have always seen me very differently, the team thought I would be able to pull this one off. I have never been a loud and melodramatic actor, but had my own convincing ways, which appealed to the team.”
With Inspector Vikram, the makers are trying to explore a different shade of the actor, and having seen the rushes, Raghu feels they have done a “pretty good” job. “Even though Vikyath is a producer, he understands direction. Everything fell in place. Otherwise, I would have been skeptical of exploring this character,” he adds.
Raghu’s last film was Dayavittu Gamanisi, and apart from Inspector Vikram, he also has a couple of other projects lined up for 2019. “This year, the scripts I have chosen are in contrast to what I would have chosen previously. Now, I am up to experiment and push myself beyond my boundaries,” he says.