Mumbai – The dude of bollywood who has been riding high with the success of “Before the rains” had almost lost the offer as he was asked to an audition for the role which he refused to do.
‘The producers wanted me to audition,’ he recalled. ‘And I said, ‘I don’t do auditions. I have never done them and I never will do them’. So I refused the role.’ It was left to Rahul’s manager in Hollywood, who lastly did the impossible.
‘My manager pleaded with me. One day before shooting, I got the cinematographer of the movie I was working on to put me on a tape. They felt a younger actor should play T.K. (in ‘Before The Rains’). So I knew that they must have looked at about 50 actors. Then they saw my work and the rest,’ he smiled, ‘is sordid history.’
‘He comes from the south of India. I am from Mumbai. Our paths have never crossed. When this film came about, he approached me to do it. I think the offer came on the strength of a couple of films of mine that he had seen,’ said Rahul Bose.
‘My character T.K. is a south Indian villager. And I am as urban as they get, and as Westernized an Indian as you get. So this was a huge leap for him to believe that I could pull it off,’ he also said.
His endowment has been highly praised by critics and masses alike but Rahul’s existence has always been underplayed in the Indian film industry. Luckily ‘Before the Rains’ is getting him his due.
He has got rave reviews for his presentation in the film from The New York Times reviewer Stephen Holden. The talented Rahul has been valued by roughly every other foreign publication, including Venice magazine, and a glowing spectacular appraisal by Deepak Chopra.
Sivan too cannot stop admiring Rahul. He says he will be working with the actor in every film of his from now on.