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I believe in ghosts: Riteish

He has never encountered any ghosts, writes Johnny D.Darna Zaroori Hai special

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 17:49 IST

Riteish Deshmukh is one actor who has created a name for himself, without riding on the big office of his father, Maharastra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

However, he confesses, "I would have thought the same way as people perceived me (as CM's son) when I entered into films. However, I have always been taught by my parents and I also strongly believe that to excel in any sphere of life, one must be dedicated towards what one is doing with passion."

And this is reflected in his work. In merely three years, Riteish has shown that he is an actor who delivers goods - be it a comedy or a horror or anything else.

About getting an opportunity to work with Amitabh Bachchan in Ram Gopal Varma's Darna Zaroori Hai, Riteish says, "While I was doing Naach with Ramu sir, he narrated me the story of the episode that I am doing in DZH. He also told me that Bachchan would be my co-actor and asked if I could spare two days from my schedule. I immediately grabbed the opportunity as there was no second thought about not doing the film and miss a chance to work with the legendary actor."

In merely three years, Riteish has shown that he is an actor who delivers goods - be it a comedy or a horror or anything else.

And as the movie is all set to release on Friday, it is time to recollect what he gained from Ramu and Bachchan? "Both of them are great people and everybody looks towards them. It was indeed a great experience to work with them and I have learnt so many things. The set had an eerie feeling and since it was a sync sound, the silence really was killing me. To be honest, one day before the shooting with Bachchan I couldn't sleep the whole night. Now that is the magic Bachchan creates among any actor," recollects the actor.

So is he scared of ghosts in real life? He is honest to confess, "I am petrified of darkness, loneliness, water and heights. However, to overcome my fear, I do swim or sky dive - so that I can bring in the confidence in me to take out the fear in me. I do believe in ghost as much as I believe in God. After all, they are two extremes just like happiness and sadness. However, I have never encountered any ghosts in my life."

Was there any untoward incident during the shoot of the film that he remembers? He recollects, "None actually! But at times you feel your hair rises out of the blue with the AC on. Now, how would you explain such a phenomena? It scares you for the moment but then to make yourself fearless, you just nix the feeling and get busy with mundane things and forget about the experience. I guess everyone of us must have experienced such a thing in our lives at one time or the other."

Three years in the industry and we have seen a phenomenal growth in his career with movies like Masti, Bluffmaster, Malamaal Weekly and Kya Kool Hain Hum? How he explains it. "I give all the credit for my success to my directors and co-actors. Not that I haven't put in my efforts but then if your directors and co-actors are good and helpful, the film becomes a hit and everyone likes your performance. Like, I owe it to Abhishek Bachchan to give me all the important punch lines in Bluffmaster. This is seldom seen that another actor giving you all the punch lines so that the film looks good from all the angles but Abhishek did it. But above all, it is the audience who have to love you for your histrionics or else as an actor your are a failure with whatever hard work you put in."

Riteish is a down-to-earth man. What is the secret of his cool temperament? He says with a smile on his face, "My parents and up bringing! I am like that because my parents have taught me how important it is to win people's heart with time. And one must love what one is doing - be it acting, writing or else working in any field. Never let the success take you to a height from where it is easy to fall down! That is when one is in real danger."

How does he prepare himself before shooting? "The actor in me tries to understand the writer's point of view. I try to get into writer's mind as how he has written a scene. Improvisation on the sets and how my co-actors respond is very important for me. Timing, rhythm and how well I can ape my writer - all goes into my performance and thinking," says the actor.

This architect-turned-actor has loads of movies in hand and is busy shooting. Riteish says, "I am currently busy with four movies. One is Anubhav Sinha's Cash with Ajay Devgan, Zayed Khan, Esha Deol and Shamita Shetty. It is an adventurous film. Then there is Idhar Udhar with Fardeen Khan, Sushmita Sen and Isha Sharvani. It is a fun filled movie. I am looking forward for Indra Kumar's Dhamaal, a fun-filled movie. I have Sanjay Dutt and Sharman Joshi for company and mind you, there is no scope for any girl in the film. Lastly, I have Sajid Khan's Hey Baby with Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan and a six month old baby."

First Published: Apr 28, 2006 21:00 IST