Television has given him fame, but actor Harsh Chhaya still regrets that he hasn’t quite got his due on the big screen despite films such as Dev, Company and Corporate.
“I still don’t have exciting offers from the big screen,” he admits.
However, two movies could well turn things around for him — Rajat Kapoor’s Mithya and Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, a movie where he plays a gay fashion designer and which has been in the news for being inspired by a true story.
“I don’t want to get into that. All I can say is that thanks to directors such as Rajat and Madhur, there is scope for actors like us to play strong characters,” he says. However, he does admit that there is a lot of hype associated with the role.
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Talking about Mithya, Harsh says its USP is the treatment. “All the credit for this goes to the director. It’s not that such films haven’t been made, but the style of course is unique,” he says.
Harsh says that the movie isn’t quite an experiment in the sense that “Rajat hasn’t indulged in an experiment. But all his films have been different from each other. I would call Mixed Doubles an experiment in that sense.”
In Mithya, where he plays a gangster, the actor stars alongside Neha Dhupia, Ranbir Shorey, Vinay Pathak and others.
Kapoor obviously doesn’t make full-fledged commercial films, be it Raghu Romeo or Mixed Doubles. So, is Mithya middle-of-the-road cinema?
“It isn’t a Rs. 50-crore movie and in terms of physical presence it doesn’t have the Aamirs, Shah Rukhs and Hrithiks. If you call that middle-of-the road, so be it,” says Chhaya.
The actor says he hasn’t signed any new film. However, on the small screen he is busy with Ghar Ek Sapna on SaharaOne. Is he going to focus on serials now?
“I am not really flooded with offers from the big screen. So, I have to do some serials to sustain myself,” says the actor who was earlier married to Shefali Chhaya (now Shah) and is now the husband of Bengali actor Sunita Sengupta.
With so many TV actors (Rohit Roy, Shabbir Ahluwalia to name a few) getting breaks in films, why is he being left out?
“Maybe I have been a TV actor for too many years to work regularly in films,” says the actor who hopes to get his due soon.