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I prefer imperfections over perfections: Raqesh Bapat

Back from his London shooting schedule for a forthcoming film, Raqesh Bapat talks about his association with the city and more

regional-movies Updated: Feb 05, 2018 17:19 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Raqesh Bapat is back from his London shooting schedule for an English-Hindi film Forever. (Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
Raqesh Bapat is back from his London shooting schedule for an English-Hindi film Forever. (Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

When in Pune, actor Raqesh Bapat prefers to be at home and gorge on typical Maharashtrian meals. An alumnus of Dr Kalmadi Shamarao High School, the actor has spent his growing up years in the city and is glad that despite the changes and development, the city and its people still have the essence intact. “I have literally seen the change over the years, be it the infrastructure, IT boom or the more recent transport development. However, what I love about the city is that the primary essence and vibe of it hasn’t changed,” says Raqesh, who is back from his London schedule of an English-Hindi film titled Forever.

Sharing details about the film, he says, “There is a coincidental back story to it. I was on my couch holding a cushion that has a print of the UK flag. At this point I get a call from Vinay (Tiwari, music director of Tum Bin). He told me about this project that he is directing in London. So, from holding a cushion with the flag to travelling to shoot there it was pretty coincidentally and magical at that point of time.”

A love-suspense drama, Forever, may either be an episodic web series or a short film. “The post production rushes and edits are looking great and the makers are deciding on which platform it should be released.” Post this, he will be shooting in Budapest for another English-Hindi feature film. Raqesh is all praises for the team’s dedication, precision and timeliness. “Every scene is measured. The discipline on the sets is impeccable and their patterns are precise and brilliant. It’s like a completely new world. They are very serious about their jobs.”

An artist and sculptor, Raqesh uses his creativity as therapy. “I still don’t know how I started painting or sculpting. It has been very organic and it just came to me. I grew up as a dyslexic child, so I prefer imperfections over perfections. I don’t like to distort things to make it worthy. I like keep things natural, simple and authentic.”

Raqesh also throws light on his association with a non profit organisation, Shyamchi Aai Foundation. “My sister Sheetal, is one of the founding members of this organisation. She has been my inspiration since childhood and I still wonder how she manages to do everything that she does. At the foundation, we promote skill development and urge children to take up courses that will help them enhance their potential instead of following the herd’s mentality.”

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