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My day will come: Nikitin Dheer
Vajir Singh , Hindustan Times
Mumbai, February 11, 2008
First Published: 20:00 IST(11/2/2008)
Last Updated: 17:47 IST(12/2/2008)

At 6'4" Nikitin Dheer, son of TV actor Pankaj Dheer is all set to make his debut with Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar. But the actor doesn't seem to be happy with the filmmaker who's launching him. Check out his grouses.. in his own words..

Role play
I play the main villain, Mirza Sarifuddin Husain who is Akbar's brother-in-law. Surprise surprise I don't know if Ashutosh wants to keep my character as a surprise. But only big actors' names are kept as the surprise element. Like Amitabh Bachchan who has again done the voice-over, as in Lagaan.

I suppose Ashutosh is concentrating purely on Hrithik (Roshan) and Aishwarya (Rai) since they're big names. But this is at the cost of actors who trusted him to make their careers. I'll have to wait for the audience response.

Promises
Ashutosh asked me to keep low before the promos start.. that's why I didn't tell anyone that I'd signed on Jodhaa Akbar.

Even after the promos started, I kept waiting to get my share of pre-release publicity but in vain. The production house is even helping the technicians to be interviewed but not me.

Struggling times
 I've been waiting for four years to prove my calibre as an actor. I rejected several offers for Jodhaa Akbar because Ashutosh had sounded so genuinely interested in my career. But now I'm struggling to inform the film industry that I'm a part of the magnum opus too.

No compromises I did sign a film titled Gehraai opposite Ishaa Koppikar but soon enough, I realised that I wouldn't get anywhere if I worked with small time filmmakers. There was some pro duction hassles, thankfully the proj ect was shelved.

Coming up I'm also a part of Apurva Lakhia's Mission Istanbul but I'm not allowed to talk about it. My day will come.Whether Ashutosh has done me right or wrong, I'm here to stay.


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