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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Life in rear view

Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times   November 11, 2013
First Published: 10:06 IST(11/11/2013) | Last Updated: 10:07 IST(11/11/2013)

Reality TV show MTV Roadies made not just its young contestants popular, it created quite some funs of the show’s director and producer Raghu Ram. But now, Raghu is revelling in the shoes of the aam aadmi (common man).

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Having turned a supporter and campaigner for Arvind Kejriwal’s political party named Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Raghu says he is so passionate about campaigning that he has sacrificed his sleep since the past three days. “These days, be it on ground or online, I am all about the Aam Aadmi Party.

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When people go for their morning walks, I jog with them to tell them about the ideology behind AAP, I stand in the metros and travel in autos to spread the message, just like an aam aadmi,” smiles Raghu, who was at PECFest 2013, PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh’s annual student fest, where he regaled the audience on Saturday with his self-written songs and jokes.

Apart from politics, Raghu reveals he has just completed his autobiography, Rearview: My Roadies Journey. “If even one person gets inspired with my writing, my purpose of writing an autobiography would be solved,” he says, adding, “This book has three parts — the first contains details of my birth, school and college days, successes and failures and an attempt to commit suicide. In the second part, I have talked about my career, having begun as a spot boy and gone on to be the director of a show like Roadies. The third part has interesting, behind-the-scenes highlights of Roadies that nobody knows about and facets about my personal life and love life,” he tells us, saying he had always wanted to write a book, since he was “never a TV or film person.”

“I was glued to non-fiction. Currently, I am reading a book on Chanakya who really inspires me. The other people who I consider my life’s heroes are Muhammad Ali, Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Nelson Mandela,” Raghu adds.

On the films front, Raghu, who was last seen in Tees Maar Khaan and Jhootha Hi Sahi, both 2010 films, would be next seen as Kunwar Singh, a mill worker, in Kunal Kohli’s Vartak Nagar. “The film is set in the ’80s and is based on a serious subject - the great Bombay textile mill strike that shook Mumbai in 1982. Jimmy and I are a part of this witty, raw and violent film,” says Raghu.

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