In Shah Rukh’s footprints

In Shah Rukh’s footprints

Harshvardhan Rane, who has been receiving rave reviews for his role in ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ in an exclusive interview

Harshvardhan Rane, who has been receiving rave reviews for his role in ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ in an exclusive interview

Tell us about your stint in acting?
I ran away from my home in Gwalior when I was 16-years-old and I had Rs 200 in my pocket when I came to Delhi. I started working in a telephone booth for Rs 10 per day. I was good at typing so, later I got a job at a cyber café where the work was the same but I started earning Rs 20 per day. There I met a person who offered me a job in Mumbai as a DVD distributor. Luckily that person used to work in film branding and that is when I got my first TV show offer —‘Left Right Left’ in 2007.

What inspired you to take up the show?
I thought it was a great opportunity since Shah Rukh Khan too had started with television, in a serial about the Army and this serial was also about Indian Military Academy. I thought I was following his footprints. In fact, I learned to act in Delhi from Barry John Acting Studio and have performed in many theatrical ventures. Barry John also taught Shah Rukh Khan.

Why did you reject a role in ‘Ram Leela’?
I was not looking forward to doing negative roles. I wanted to do something new and different but not the darker shade. People expected me to do negative roles, but I didn’t and so I lost some great work as well. However, I have no regrets for not being a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film. I would love to work with him in future.

Tell us about your much-talked chemistry with Mawra Hocane?
‘Sanam Teri Kasam' is a classic love story. People generally have an image of a princess in mind. She is someone who is sweet, simple and petite. I think she is the most beautiful and strong girl. I am happy that the romantic moments between me and Mawra in the film have impressed the audience. There was such good comfort level between us.

What are your upcoming films?
I am doing a lead role in the film, ‘Satra Ko Shaadi Hai’ which is produced by John Abraham opposite popular TV actor Barun Sobti.

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