After making a mark with his debut in Aamir (2008), actor Rajeev Khandelwal has been extremely choosy while signing films. Known for doing offbeat movies, he has now signed an Indo-Australian film that won’t have an India release.
"Abhijit Deonath, director of the movie, approached me six months ago. Honestly, I was not interested initially, and kept ignoring the offer. I changed my mind when he came down to India to speak to me. That’s when I took him seriously, and liked the concept. The film is about how an Indian guy and an Australian woman become friends, but their cultural differences become an issue," says Rajeev, who signed the film last week.
The actor will be paired with New Zealand-based actor Chelsie Crayford Preston. "Abhijit had already cast her opposite me. The film also stars the National Film Award winner Usha Jadhav. I am looking forward to work with the international crew, and hope the experience will help me grow as an actor," adds the actor.
Ask him if it bothers him that the film won’t be released in India, and he says, "I have signed the film despite knowing that it will not be released in India and it is only meant for international film festivals. I do not care much about a film’s massappeal. I sign them only if the subject appeals to me," he says.