Rajeev Khandelwal has proved himself with Aamir (2008) and Shaitan respectively, but his next film, Soundtrack, will see him in a new avatar, going through a series of ups and downs. The official remake of award winning cult film It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004), will release this week.
Rajeev says, “In one of DJ Raunak’s (his character in the film) low phases, immediately after he loses his hearing ability, he starts to hallucinate and sees a joker around him all the time.” Director Neerav Ghosh says, “The story is about the country’s most prolific DJ. It traces his alcohol, drug and sex-fuelled meteoric rise, as he battles his internal demons and a damaging handicap.”
Ghosh feels this track is similar to Edward Norton’s role in Fight Club (1999), “Edward’s role involved fighting himself, and trying to fight his own dark side. Most elevated sports, acting performances are when you challenge yourself and emerge a winner. The fight is not with people on the outside but with the inner devil.”
Rajeev elaborates, “Playing an emotionally unstable character is always taxing. When Neerav told me about Raunak’s hallucination, I knew it was going to be an edgy journey.” How does he tackle inner demons in real life? He says, “I move on quickly.” Is he referring to the delay of UTV’s Peter Gaya Kaam Se? He says, “That’s one of the examples. I completed shooting and dubbing for the film. It was almost complete, but something went wrong with UTV. For reasons best known to the banner, they haven’t decided when to release the film and I can’t stress over it endlessly. I truly believe every film has its own destiny and Peter… will find a life itself.”