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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

Rahil Azam: I want people to miss me on TV

Tu Aashiqui actor Rahil Azam, who loves to break his image with each role he plays, says he isn’t into the number game on TV.

tv Updated: Oct 02, 2017 16:32 IST
Rahil Azam finds most historical and mythological shows to be similar.
Rahil Azam finds most historical and mythological shows to be similar.

Rahil Azam says he loves to break the norm and stand out in the crowd. The Hatim actor, who is thrilled about his current negative role in the TV show, Tu Aashiqui , adds, “It is quite exciting to play a negative role. But the epitome of negativity was the role I played in my earlier show Maha Kumbh. Later, I broke that image with the romantic show Ek Tha Chander Ek Thi Sudha (ETCETS). I am not into the number game and want to always break the image of my previous role. So, I have to wait for a powerful role to do that.”

The actor isn’t averse to being on a hiatus for extended periods of time. “When I’m doing the show, I am focused on it. Moreover, I don’t attend award shows or parties, so it’s not that I am in the limelight when I am not working. But, yes, being away from TV for two years felt a bit long. Today, mythological and historical serials are working on TV and I get offers for them. But none of the roles had anything new for me. I find most historical and mythological shows to be similar. The other dramatic shows have typical storylines which don’t appeal to me.”

Just packed up #EkThaChanderEkThiSudha reposting from early morning

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His last show, ETCETS, was planned as a big budgeted show but it didn’t deliver as expected. “Every show has a destiny. A show might work due to costing, casting or location but there are no guarantees. The fact that EKCETS was telecast was the biggest deal. It was a finite series with 100 episodes but due to creative issues it got postponed for a year. Later, we ended up airing 20 episodes, which had been shot. We didn’t make the show for ratings but for the audiences to have something new to watch.”

Rahil has been acting for 17 years and been part of over 20 popular TV shows. He feels grateful for his career, “even though there are gaps between the shows”. He says, “I was perhaps the first actor to play a woman on Indian TV in the show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na in 2008. People told me that I had an action hero image after Hatim and how could I play such a role. Today, I feel TV is a friendly medium and you can try any kind of role on it. I have grown a lot with every role and every show. I have not accepted roles which are stereotypical. That’s my opinion as there are many actors who do back-to-back shows and are in the limelight constantly. That’s alright too and it’s their way of life. I want to be known as a performer. I want people to miss me.”

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