He sparked up a controversy when he walked out on the tough taskmaster Ektaa Kapoor. Meet Rajeev Khandelwal in a rare interview with Kshama Rao.
Talk is that your stock in the TV market is rocking?
What should I say? Yes, I’m satisfied with the way things are going. I’m not madly materialistic. If I’ve just bought a car it’s only because after my work, I go to the gym, I carry this huge sports bag and other stuff. So I needed a bigger car. It’s the smaller pleasures in life which matter.
For instance, when the light men say “Good morning sir” to me every day, I feel on top of the world. Or when the girl who plays with her hair, standing in the window right outside my house. When my car passes her by, I wink at her and she smiles back. I love that.
How old is she?
(Smiles) She must be 16-17. Her adulation for me touches me.
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You like to be in control of yourself, don’t you?
Yes, I don’t ever take a step which I’m not convinced about. Why should I? This may rile some people but I’m entitled to my decisions.. and mistakes.
Haven’t some of your decisions backfired?
Even if they have, it’s alright. I’m not God. If I left my engineering college to do a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at St Xavier’s.. or if I left Delhi for a career in Bombay..they were my calls.
If I quit Kahiin To Hoga, my first popular show with Ektaa Kapoor, or if I chose to do Ketan Mehta’s Time Bomb which may not have been a commercial success but took me ahead as an actor – I’m glad I took those decisions.
Having said that, there are many small decisions, especially about my relationships, which I feel were wrong, complete ly wrong. No one’s perfect.
Like recently a cousin of mine was very ill. Her only wish was to see ‘Rajeev bhaiyaa.’ I kept postpon ing my visit to her only because there is no airport close to the town where she lives. Going by train would have meant a 14-15 hour journey. Then she passed away suddenly. I’ll never forgive myself for this.
Would you work with Ektaa Kapoor again?
(Promptly) Yes, I would. I’ve never had a problem with her as a person. The problem was mine. I couldn’t relate to Sujal of Kahiin To Hoga anymore. Unfortunately I have a very transparent, vulnerable face.
If I am not convinced about something, it shows. I couldn’t have carried on cheating the viewers. I would work with her for sure..if she has something worthwhile for me but to be frank I can’t relate to the shows she is making now.