‘Kesri’: Rakesh Chaturvedi’s third adventure

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By Faz Zia

ACTOR, writer, director Rakesh Chaturvedi Om who was last seen in ‘Padman’ and directed ‘Bolo Ram’ now coming in ‘Kesari’ as a main antagonist role.

Talking about his role he shared;”I am playing an Afghani Antagonist in ‘Kesari’ opposite Akshay Kumar Sir, who really give very tough time to Hawaldar Ishar Singh (Akshay Kumar) in the whole film.”

On getting this role he said; “I do theatre very regularly with Mr. Naseeruddin Shah in his theatre group Motley so Director Anurag Singh and Casting Director Jogi have seen my couple of performances on stage with Mr. Shah and one fine day I got a call from Dharma office for screen test. After 6-7 tests Anurag Sir finalized me for this very important character in Kesari.”

He further added; “the most remarkable thing is that i have already worked with Akshay Kumar sir in Padman so there was given comfort zone between us and Akshay Sir was so truthful and in the skin of his character that I always felt I am really having conversation with “Hawaldar Ishar Singh” instead Akshay Sir in each and every scene. This made me to react appropriately.

“And because of my theatre background director gave me an opportunity to conduct an intense acting workshop for a month with the cast, which is experience will always remain in my heart.”

I am from National School of Drama (N.S.D.) and doing theatre as an actor with Mr. Naseeruddin Shah from last 15 years. Have done films Like – Padman, Parzania, Graveyardshift, Path, Adrishya, Kesari and Dhoort.  And done few TV shows like, Khel, Kadam, Kagaar, CID, Sara Aakash and so on. Apart from acting I have written and directed two full length Hindi feature film ‘Bolo Raam’, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Padmini kolhapure, Manoj Pahwa, Rajpal Yadav, Govind Namdeo and Rishi Bhutani. This was released in 31st December 2009.      

And second film I have written, directed and produced was BHKBhalla@Halla.Kom with starring Benjamin Gilani, Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa, Yashpal Sharma, Brijendra Kala, Ujjwal Rana, Raj Arjun, Inshika Bedi, Nayani Dixit. ‘BHK’ was released on 5th Feb 2016 and world TV premiere was done on 14th Feb 2019 by ‘&pictures’.