Turning Rajiv for Rajesh

Amol Parashar, who plays Asif Ali's character Rajiv' in the Hindi version of Traffic, talks about his experience.

We have seen and adored him in TV commercials for some much loved brands. After a number of commercials with his ‘boy next door’ looks, this theatre actor came down south and played a key role in the hit movie Mili. Amol Parashar was destined to work with the ace director Rajesh Pillai one last time and now he is all set for the release of the Hindi version of Traffic.

With a powerful ensemble cast, Traffic continues to be considered a fine piece of work to come out from the Malayalam film industry in the recent past. The Hindi remake of the film has Manoj Bajpayee donning the role of the brave police constable played by actor Sreenivasan. Jimmy Shergill, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, and Divya Dutta form the rest of the cast.Speaking about his role in the movie, Amol says “I play Rajiv, originally played by Asif Ali in the Malayalam version.”

Reminiscing about his time on the sets he says “I had a great time. After I got the call to be a part of this film, I watched the Malayalam version. Initially I did not have any idea about the film. But after watching it, I really liked it.”

Was he able to relate to the character? “I spent a lot of time discussing the character with Rajesh (Pillai). He was very particular about spending individual time with every actor. This helped us a lot in getting a clear idea about what he had in mind. Besides, the character is very young and not very different from what I am like.”

On working with the late director Rajesh Pillai, he says, “He was very sweet. Sweeter that what a director should be. He used to pamper me on the sets and I felt very close to him. Working with him is an experience that really stands out for me,” he says. “We had wound up the shooting quite a while back and gone our different ways. With its release a lot of good memories will come back. We all know that it’s a great story, people have connected to it in the past. I know for a fact that it will be counted as a good movie. I am looking forward to its release,”says Amol. Traffic is set for release on May 6.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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