Popular TV star Rajiv Khandelwal, who became a household name as the intense Sujal Grewal in Kahiin Toh Hoga, feels it is important to stay away from the safe zone to be successful in life.
"I never play safe by playing a role similar to the one that made me popular. Even though I have done three shows in my career, each time I have tried to show variety. One really needs to be open-minded," said Rajiv.
The actor first played a passionate lover boy in Balaji Telefilms' soap on STAR Plus Kahiin Toh Hoga which brought him instant success. Thereafter, he was seen in Zee TV's weekly show Time Bomb 9/11, which did not stir the audience, and finally he appeared as Captain Rajveer Singh Shikhawat in SAB TV's youthful show Left Right Left.
Rajiv moved away from TV to pursue his Bollywood dreams, which will soon come true in the form of his upcoming film Aamir.
Regarding the film, the trailers of which are already doing the rounds in Mumbai theatres, Rajiv said: "I am excited about the film. It has a gripping script and when I had got the offer I was just not prepared."
He added that in the film he is playing a middle class boy who always dreams big and how in the course of time his family and he get embroiled in an unlikely situation.
"Even though the film is a commercial thriller and has an element of terrorism, I would say it is meaningful cinema. It highlights the mindset of people and how judgemental people tend to get about others," he opined.
For those who were waiting to see Rajiv in a romantic role, there's bad news. He said: "The film has no heroine and I will not be seen romancing anyone." Rajiv will also not be seen shaking a leg in this film.
"Aamir" is slated for release around May this year and is being directed by Raj Kumar Gupta.
Currently, Rajiv has not zeroed in on any further projects but has a lot in mind. He says he loves to sit idle, play and travel and believes in living life to the fullest.
"I would like to wait till this movie releases to see the response. I will plan further only after that," he said and added that he would like to do a variety of roles.
"I have deleted all restricting thoughts in my mind and I don't place my preference for any specific type of role. I would like to experience every genre, be it comedy, action, romantic and others. In fact, I love breaking new ground," he said excitedly.
But did he always wish to be a part of Bollywood? "Every actor wishes to enter cinema. There are some who settle down with television and are content with the way their careers are. But the ones like me are restless and love to experiment," he answered.