Tahir Raj Bhasin made a few small appearances in films before grabbing his first lead role in the Rani Mukerji-starrer, Mardaani (2014). Now, over a year later, the 28-year-old is set to return to the big screen, once again in a negative role. This time, his co-stars are John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha.
“It feels incredible. It’s a franchise (the film is the second instalment of the 2001 film, Force), so it comes with an audience base. I really like the aesthetic [sense] of Abhinay Deo, who is the director of the film. It’s a young team, and it’s going to be well-packaged, given the people backing it. So, I’m very excited about working on it,” says the young actor.
Ask him if he’s worried about being typecast as a villain, and he says that cinema is changing, and that’s why he isn’t afraid. “Internationally, and in Bollywood, films are being written for grey characters. My character has layers and depth. It’s not like the ’70s and ’80s anymore, when it was only black or white,” he says.
Moreover, Tahir is fond of roles that have “a lot of character”. “As an actor, my job is to convince the audience. I would love to do roles with lots of dimensions,” he adds.
In an industry, where everyone is competing with each another, the actor seems to have announced his second film rather late. “Instead of making short-term plans, if you think about the long race, things even out. For me, deciding the film I did after my first one was as important as my debut. As long as I keep doing qualitative work, it all balances out,” he says.