Hollywood actor Aaron Eckhart, who played Harvey Dent and Two-Face in Christopher Nolan’s iconic film, The Dark Knight (2008), has inspired Rajeev Khandelwal’s role in forthcoming film. The Bollywood actor, star of recent offbeat hits Shaitan and Aamir (2008), says he took inspiration from the on-screen villain for his role in Soundtrack.
“My character battles his dark side, just as Two-Face does. Neerav (director Neerav Ghosh) told me he used Aaron’s character, who plays the upright District Attorney-turned-villain from The Dark Knight, as a reference point. My character doesn’t have a visible evil to battle, he struggles more with the inner demon that takes over and shatters his life when he faces success,” says Khandelwal, who plays DJ Ronak in the film that hits theatres on September 30.
Ronak’s career is at its peak when he receives an offer to compose for a mainstream Bollywood film. But soon after, he is diagnosed with a hearing disorder called Tinnitus. That, coupled with an extreme exposure to loud noise takes away his ability to hear. “With Ronak going deaf, his dreams are shattered and he ends up going into a very dark and lonely place,” adds Khandelwal.
While he is dealing with his depressed state of mind and battling his loss, Ronak meets Soha Ali Khan’s character, that of a free-spirited, bohemian, speech therapist.
Did he derive any inspiration from Beethoven, the legend who continued composing music even after he became completely deaf?
“I will not romanticise learning to play a hearing impaired DJ for Soundtrack. I didn’t go to any institute; I just followed my director’s research and my instincts as an actor. I didn’t watch any films on the subject.”
The actor is also awaiting the release of his next, Peter Gaya Kaam Se, before he returns to television as host of the second season of Moment Of Truth’s Indian version — Sach Ka Saamna — later this year.