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New kid on the block: Raj Tara

He is making his debut with Karan Razdan?s Eight ?Shani. The film also stars Raaj Kumar's daughter Vastavikta. Johnny D has the details.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 19:26 IST
Johnny D
Johnny D

Something that attracts one to this handsome Punjabi hunk is his confidence and spontaneity. Raj Tara, a business management guy with a solid background of an export house is not only changing his professional track but also making his dream come true.

He says, “deep down somewhere in my subconscious level I always wanted to act in a film. However, with no family background in films, I was wondering from where do I start. Most of my life, I have been in London because of my dad’s banker background. In 1996, my family migrated back to Mumbai and that is when I felt destiny brought me back to where I belonged.” Raj Tara is making his debut in Karan Razdan’s Eight –Shani with Raaj Kumar’s daughter Vastavikta and Meghna Naidu.

Having had a business background, where he had a hi-fashion manufacturing unit, Raj decided it was time to gets serious. “So I did a 3-months acting course with Rashmi Dhawan (Anil Dhawan’s wife). As destiny guided me, I met Karan Razdan and here I am (smiles)! Lucky for me because in Eight-Shani, my character name is also Raj,” discloses the actor.

Eight Shani is a supernatural suspense thriller and Raj’s character does reflect Night Shyamlan’s ‘I see dead people’ kind. He clarifies, “While the kid could see dead people in The Sixth Sense, my character can see soul and spirits and all the paranormal activities that is happening all around his life. It is a beautiful film which will also educate as to how destiny leads us in our lives.”

Going down in history of Indian cinema as the hero who is making debut with the legendary actor Raaj Kumar’s daughter, what really was going on his mind? He states, “Truly, it is a privilege that I shall cherish all my life. I have seen Vastavikta’s dad’s movies like Hindustan Ki Kasam, Heer Ranjha and you feel lucky. Vastavikta is a very down-to-earth girl with no air at all. She has never thrown her weights around because of her father’s background and that is what is so special about her.” Even though both of them are making their debut with Eight-Shani, Raj discloses, “I am paired opposite Meghna Naidu and Vastavikta has a central character, which takes the movie forward. And since it is a suspense thriller, I won’t be able to disclose much about the film.”

Eight-Shani was supposed to release sometime on the 17th of February but now will release on the 3rd of March. When we ask if he is having any pre-release jitters, Raj smiles and says, “Currently we are both busy promoting the film and there is hardly any time to think about pre-release jitters. Of course, every newcomer wants and wishes that audience should and will love them for their histrionics and I guess I am no different! However, I am keeping my fingers crossed and hope for the best.”

What after Eight Shani? “With my background, I am really not in a hurry to sign any and every movie. I am looking forward to work with filmmakers like Prakash Jha, Dharmesh Darshan, and Ram Gopal Varma. There are three movies that I have been offered and am currently negotiating and hopefully I should sign them pretty soon.”

Confident, spontaneous and lovely to interact with, Raj Tara comes as a cool guy, who is here in Bollywood to fulfill his dreams and follow his destiny. A Scorpio by sun sign, Raj is also blooming in love as he says, “Love life is good and I have always believed to live life king size!”

Incidentally, Raj Tara and Vastavikta will be the first debutant pair of the year 2006. How the shani grah will change their lives is what one will have to wait and see once Eight-Shani releases in March.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 19:26 IST