I am proud of my choice of films: Rajeev Khandelwal

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Dec 07, 2012 17:58 IST
  • Table No. 21

    Rajeev Khandelwal is back with Aditya Datt's Table No. 21. The actor will be seen romancing Tena Desae.

  • Table No. 21

    Rajeev Khandelwal will play Vivaan Agasthi while Tena Desae will be seen as Siya Agasthi.

  • Table No. 21

    Tena Desae looks hot in a blue bikini.

  • Paresh Rawal was seen in an important role in Table No. 21.

  • Table No. 21

    Rajeev Khandelwal and Tena Desae get intimate in Table No. 21.

  • Table No. 21

    Rajeev Khandelwal has proved himself as an actor in films like Aamir and Shaitan.

  • Table No. 21

    Rajeev Khandelwal will be seen kissing on screen for the very first time in Table No. 21.

  • Table No. 21

    Table No. 21 is slated for January 4, 2013 release.

  • Table No. 21

    Tena Desae made her Bollywood debut with Yeh Faasley in 2011. She came to limelight with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

He’s been pegged as a ‘thinking man’s actor’, because of his choice of films like Aamir (2008) and Shaitaan (2011). Rajeev Khandelwal is back and he is excited about his upcoming thriller Table No 21. While his career might not have seen many highs, he claims that he is happy with his choices.
“They were brilliant choices. Shaitaan was a cult film. I don’t look at career graphs; I purely look at my roles. I hate following the beaten track or any rules. I am pretty proud of my films, as not too many actors have done such roles. I should be envied by them,” says Rajeev.

He does agree that his last release, Will You Marry Me? didn’t work, but insists that Soundtrack (2011) “was not rejected at the box-office, but was released shabbily. Yet it has been appreciated by everyone who has seen it.”
Talking about Table No 21, Rajeev says, “I am confident of it working. It’s an interesting, well-made film. It is a thriller, but it’s not mindless. Working with Paresh Rawal was wonderful. He’s such a warm, transparent man and full of talent. We all know that he’s a good actor but he works as hard as everyone else.”

Doesn’t he want more success? “I don’t want to appear in 50 films and pocket lots of money but not have my work appreciated. My definition of a big film is powerful content, not budget. I am not in any race, so I can work at my own pace. Secondly, the kind of films that I want to do don’t happen every day. I don’t have to work in films for money as I have invested well. And I don’t even have lofty ambitions that urge me to up my standard of living. I don’t crave for five cars and big bungalows,” he says.


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