Ramanand Sagar’s youngest grandson Akash Chopra, who debuts with the film Rabba Main Kya Karoon, prefers to travel across India to derive inspiration…
While most debutants having the proper connections in tinsel town make a pompous show of their associations to climb the ladder of success, Ramanand Sagar’s youngest grandson, Akash Chopra, is different. As he talks about his debut film Rabba Main Kya Karoon, his easy-going charm is captivating.
“I must have been about four years old when my family was involved with the production of the mythological show Shri Krishna and on the sets I would often play with the props. Noticing that, my grandfather, Ramanand Sagar, asked me to essay the role of a villager and I only had to speak one line that I still remember — Wah yeh rath kitna accha hai,” shares Akash.
A man of many talents, Akash has been inclined towards music as well and has provided that in the Bollywood film 1971. “In my upcoming film Rabba Main Kya Karoon, I have given music to two songs — Dua and Brandy. While Dua runs along on a sentimental note, Brandy is a Punjabi disco song.” As he continues to pour out several excerpts from his journey of becoming an actor, he recollects, “While I was directing the music of the film 1971, I met several seasoned actors, including Chittaranjan Giri, who is from the National School of Drama. I trained in acting under his aegis and that’s when I started taking theatre seriously. While my folks at home were busy exploring various venues where I could study acting, sending me abroad was their biggest agenda. However, I was of a stern opinion that since I have to carve a niche in Bollywood, which is essentially a Hindi-driven industry that connects with the masses, I preferred to travel across India to get its pulse.”
Rabba Main Kya Karoon has been directed by his brother Amrit Sagar and Akash reveals that he had to convince him of his talent, “I was given an opportunity to act in the film by the virtue of a play, Sapne Chuttan Dubey Ke, in which I essay as many as fourteen roles. I showed him the play, after which he signed me in the film.” While talking about the film, he says, “This film is a romantic comedy, in which I essay the role of a twenty-three-year-old virgin whose mind is being brainwashed by Arshad Warsi. Though I was nervous about making a debut with the role that is nothing like that of a conventional Bollywood hero, Amrit insisted that both Tahira Koccher and I keep it completely natural.” He adds, “The biggest challenge was to act with some of the most accomplished and seasoned actors of the industry, including Raj Babbar and Arshad Warsi, while not letting their talent overshadow mine and holding my ground.” The actor shares that he loves travelling and digging into ‘dhaba’ food. His natural tendency is to stay lean, but for this film he had to undergo a weight training programme to get the muscles on.