The quintessential chocolate boy of television, actor Rajeev Khandelwal, who has been part of a few off-beat small budget movies, feels that it is the content and not the budget that decides the quality of a film.
Rajeev made a mark in television with the superhit soap Kahiin To Hoga. But he surprised everyone by doing an off-beat, small budget film -- Aamir, a psychological thriller, that Rajeev made a debut in Bollywood with. The movie had no lead actress, no item numbers, no opulent locations and Rajeev was shouldering a huge responsibility in his very first film.
He was next seen in Shaitan (2011), a thriller, directed by Bejoy Nambiar starring Rajeev, Kalki Koechlin, Shiv Pandit, Pawan Malhotra and Raj Kumar Yadav. Since the film was not moving for two years, Anurag Kashyap agreed to produce it on a smaller budget.
"I am an actor who wants to do exciting things, want to be part of good cinema, irrespective of the budget. I do not think a good film is made by good budget...a good film is made by good intention. If the film demands that kind of a budget then it should be assigned that kind of budget. But the budget of the film does not decide the quality of the film," Rajeev told PTI in an interview.
"I do not look at the budget, I look at the content, which is the king. I look at my directors, his sensibilities. I am not a hero of different cinema or new age cinema. I am just one of many actors, who are doing their job and that is to act," he said.
The actor feels that there is scope for all kind of cinema be it commercial or off-beat.