Nikitin Dheer has been part of the film industry for a few years now. But it was his role in Chennai Express that proved to be a truly enriching experience, according to him. Nikitin, who plays a negative role in the Rohit Shetty film, seems to have found favour with the lead actor, Shah Rukh Khan.
SRK, meanwhile, has also been doing his bit playing a mentor of sorts to the young actor. On more occasions than one, the veteran star has spoken of Nikitin’s role in the film and even posed with him at promotional events, in a bid to share the limelight with the young actor.
“Shah Rukh is an amazing person, and I really look up to him like an older brother,” says Nikiten, adding, “From the very beginning, he has maintained that the audience should get a chance to know all the characters in the movie. That is why he made sure he spoke about who I am and what work I’ve done at all the promotional outings, which is something that doesn’t usually happen. He taught me how to interact with people. And I am thankful to him for all this.”
Incidentally, Chennai Express is the third R100 crore film that Nikiten has been part of, after Ready (2011) and Dabangg 2 (2012). He made his debut as an actor in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodha Akbar (2008). “I have been around for five years, but I think the industry has started considering me a serious after this film,” he says.
As a result of the film’s success, Nikiten has also been inundated with roles. “There are a lot of offers, but I am pretty slow when it comes to signing films. Although I am looking forward to working on something nice after this, I am in no hurry” he says.