Archive for May, 2008

Synopsis Of Rajeev Khandelwal’s Debut Movie – Aamir


Aamir (noun): A leader (meaning)

Aamir is a man-on-the-run thriller revolving around the eponymous London-based doctor’s visit to his family in India.

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Rajeev Khandelwal – Ladies Man !

Rajeev Khandelwal surely knows how to handle women’s attention. Recently, when he was shooting the promotional video of his debut film Aamir near Flora Fountain, Mumbai, many of his female fans thronged the area.

The song Mehfooz, a Sufi number, was being picturised and the former sweetheart of television was oblivious to the countless pairs of eyes fixed on him.

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Rajeev Khandelwal’s First Interview With Rajeev Khandelwal Fanclub!


Rajeev Khandelwal Fanclub presents its first interview with the hero of the fanclub, Rajeev Khandelwal. Mr. Khandelwal speaks about himself, his debut movie, Mothers Day and much more! We have also had a rapidfire round with Rajeev.

Rajeev has sent his best wishes to all his fans! There is also a message by him for all of you. However, we will be posting that message on our homepage after few days. Till then, have fun reading. Most importantly, do give your reviews on this interview. Who knows Rajeev might check it out?

General Questions :

How would you describe yourself ? What is your dream in life and do you think you have achieved it?
I am a very ordinary human being. A typical guy. And I have tremendous respect and love for all ordinary human beings. They are the best things to happen to earth.
My dream in life is to open an old age home for all those people who are lonely at their fag end of life. I want them to smile and love life before they shut their eyes for good.And i am pretty sure i will achieve my dream in a couple of years.

What are your expectations from your debut film, Aamir?
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Rajeev Khandelwal’s professionalism!

Some actors would go to any lengths to bag a role.

And then there are some like Rajeev Khandelwal who would go to extreme lengths to look convincing in a role.

For his role in Aamir, the handsome actor of popular serials like Kahin To Hoga, Kya Hadsa Kya Haqeeqat and Left Right Left will be seen in the same outfit from start to finish.

Set in the Muslim dominated, but poor, areas of Mumbai, the film explores the seedy life of the city through Rajeev’s character, who finds himself lost in the streets.

And like the professional he is, Rajeev insisted on wearing the same filthy shirt throughout the shooting of the film.

Says Director Rajkumar Gupta, “We bought few shirts of the same size, colour and brand but Rajeev insisted that he should continue with the same shirt so that it would look real.”

He adds, “Rajeev, however dried his shirt in sun and also applied lot of perfume on it to make the ordeal a little more bearable.”

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UNSAFE But Still SECURE – Rajeev Khandelwal

He was the poster boy of television, starring in Balaji serials and breaking many hearts. But then Rajeev Khandelwal “wanted to grow in life”, expand his range, and so he quit TV to make the journey to the big screen. After reading a lot of scripts, he settled for a rather “unsafe” film for his debut. He opted for UTV Spotboy’s Aamir, directed by Rajkumar Gupta, who assisted Anurag Kashyap in his films, and got into the character of an ordinary guy caught in extraordinary circumstances by shooting without makeup. Ahead of the May 16 release, Khandelwal speaks to Sudipta Datta on the switch from television to the big screen, why he is uncomfortable with the studio model and the dramatic changes sweeping the film industry.


Why did you choose to shift from TV to the big screen?

I had to grow in life, which is a pretty human instinct. I wanted to expand my range, experiment. There are so many dreams that I have, so I had to begin somewhere.

Is Aamir the perfect debut film?

I heard plenty of scripts but none I wanted to be a part of. Aamir is a call of your heart. I agree a newcomer would want to do a safe film which Aamir is not. But when I read the script, I realised that if it could be translated into a film, then we would have achieved something.

How was the experience?

I always find glitches in my experience but I really enjoyed making the film. It’s the story of an ordinary boy caught in extraordinary circumstances. It couldn’t have been a better debut.

What are you doing next?

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Rajeev Khandelwal – I was born to play Aamir

I Was Born To Play Aamir – Rajeev Khandelwal

Having proven his acting mettle on the small screen, Rajeev Khandelwal, better known as ‘Sujal’ of ‘Kahin to hoga’ fame is gearing up to scorch the silver screen now.

UTV’s ‘Aamir’, a psychological thriller, marks his debut film. No lead actress, no supporting cast, no item numbers, no opulent locations… Rajeev is shouldering a huge responsibility in his very first film.

The quintessential chocolate boy of TV is ecstatic and unstoppable in conversation with TWF correspondent Swati R Chaudhary…

How would you describe your debut film Aamir?

Aamir is a complete Bollywood commercial thriller. It gives out a message and it is not one of those run-of-the-mill thrillers. You would be forced to think. It’s a battle of ideologies. It’s a psychological thriller.

There are no superstars, larger than life locations or supporting cast to sell the film. Aamir is the story of an average middle class Indian. Be prepared for a hangover!

Tell us about your character in the film?
I am playing Aamir Ali in the film. It’s about what normal average middle class Indians face in this country, who don’t have anything to do with politics or religious issues but how they directly or indirectly get involved into it.

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Rajeev is the first Assistant Director for “Aamir”!

Rajeev Khandelwal adds another feather to his cap with his debut film, UTV Spotboy’s Aamir. Apart from being the lead actor in his first film, he also gets an official credit as the first Assistant director of the film.

Director Rajkumar Gupta & producer Vikas Behl have decided to give Rajeev the official credit of being the First Asst. Director of the film. Says Rajkumar, ” Rajeev was always proactive about everything that was happening on the sets, and since we were shooting in the real locations of Mumbai with the hidden cameras on the streets Rajeev never got the opportunity of using vanity vans. He was himself suppose to take care of his make up, clothes etc. and most of the time he used to do his make up in auto rickshaws and taxis. Even when he had a vanity van, he never disconnected himself from rest of the cast and was on the sets looking after various things. He took charge of the continuity of the film with his dressing and makeup and even did his own clap sometimes…

For few scenes where we were shooting on the roads, in taxi, he even held the reflector in his hands and did his scene. Since the Asst. Director of films handles these responsibilities, we decided to endow him with the First AD’s title for Aamir. He was very passionate about each and every thing related to the film, being a first time director myself, I couldn’t have asked for a better debutant for my film than Rajeev.”

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