Thanks to Ashutosh Rana’s A-certificate filmography, his kids have seen only one of his films
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Thanks to Ashutosh Rana’s A-certificate filmography, his kids have seen only one of his films

While actor Ashutosh Rana’s sons have seen only Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, they are aware of his earlier works

bollywood Updated: Jul 11, 2018 17:14 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Ashutosh Rana,Dhadak,Shashank Khaitan
Ashutosh Rana with his sons, Satyendra and Shouryaman.

One of the finest actors in our film industry, Ashutosh Rana has to his credit a brilliant body of work. However, it is surprising that the actor had not shown any of his films to his sons, Satyendra (15) and Shouryaman (13), until 2014. The first film of his films that the actor showed to his kids was Shashank Khaitan’s Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014) and he confesses that he will forever owe it to the director for strengthening his bond with his sons. Interestingly, Ashutosh has teamed up with Shashank again for the soon-to-be-released Dhadak. In a candid chat, the actor talks about his kids’ reaction to his films and what goes on in his mind while signing a project.

You’ve been acting since 1996. What took you so long to make your kids watch a film of yours?

I’ve always done A-certificate films such as Dushman (1998) and Sangharsh (1999), so I haven’t let my kids watch my previous films because of the violence and negative roles. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania was the first time I was doing a pure family entertainer and I knew my kids would enjoy it.

Actor Ashutosh Rana is married to actor Renuka Shahane.

What was their reaction when they saw you on the big screen?

When they saw the film, they told me, ‘Do you know this? You have the most horrifying performances to your name in the world.’ That’s when I got to know that they are aware of my previous films because in school, their friends used to discuss. Also, they loved Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in the film.

Your kids know that their father is an actor. Didn’t they ever ask you to show any of your films in all these years?

No, they never asked. They know and they don’t give more thought to it. But they definitely mentioned to me that I should do more good films, which will work, so, I’m doing it right now. Also, because of the internet, they are quite aware of their father’s potential and calibre of acting. They know that their father is Dabanng and a bit of good actor.

In Dhadak, you again play a negative role, so would you be able to show this film to your kids?

Yes, definitely. Now they’re quite sensible and they understand that acting on screen is completely different from the real person. And if you can portray characters so well that they can create hatred for you in your own kids, it only means you are a fine actor. Also, Dhadak is a story about school going teenage kids and their love story, which I can definitely show my kids.

Whenever you sign a new film, does this thought come to your mind that will my kids be able to watch it or not?

No. In fact, the thought that comes to my mind is whether the role is exciting and challenging enough.

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First Published: Jul 11, 2018 17:14 IST