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The idea is to become a bankable actor: Harshvardhan Rane

Actor Harshvardhan Rane, best known for films such as ‘Taish’ and ‘Haseen Dillruba’, says his goal is to improve his craft with each role and become a ‘bankable’ actor.

At 14, the actor starred in the popular TV series “Left Right Left”, which marked his acting debut. He then acted in the Telugu film “Anaamika” directed by Nayanthara and entered Bollywood in 2016 with the hit romantic drama “Sanam Teri Kasam”.

Rane is now eagerly awaiting the release of “Tara vs Bilal”, backed by Bollywood star John Abraham via JA Entertainment.

“I want to work a lot more. I’m happy that as a foreigner I was able to work with people like T-Series, John Abraham, Sanjay Gupta, Bejoy Nambiar.

“I feel lucky as an actor, whose first two films (in Hindi) didn’t work out, (and yet) he had these many chances. Credit goes to the audience, it’s my employers thanks to them , I have the opportunity,” the actor told PTI in an interview here.

He hopes audiences will warm up to “Tara vs Bilal,” directed by Samar Iqbal, who helmed Vidya Balan-directed “Bobby Jasoos” in 2014. Also starring Sonia Rathee, the film is set to be released on October 28.

“I hope people watch the movie and like it because it will lead to something different again (for me). And, maybe I’ll be known as a bankable actor. The idea is to become that …” added Rane, who plays Bilal.

His latest release ‘Haseen Dillruba’ may have shown his gray side, but the 38-year-old actor said he wanted to try some ‘heroic’ characters.

“I gravitate more towards heroic roles. I’m not talking about visuals. I don’t want to be a visual treat for the audience. I want to connect with the hearts of the public. Longevity is when you connect with people. The actor also recalled being “afraid” of being typecast as a villain while working on Vinil Mathew’s “Haseen Dillruba” director, produced by filmmaker Aanand L Rai and T-Series.

In the 2021 romantic thriller murder mystery, Rane plays Neel Tripathi, who begins an extramarital affair with Rani (Taapsee Pannu), the wife of his cousin Rishu (Vikrant Massey).

“I was very scared and asked Aanand L Rai sir I hope it will not sound negative. He said, “The three (characters) are negative, a married woman who sleeps outside of marriage is negative, a husband who hurts is negative and you have an affair with a woman is negative”.

“He said ‘It’s a story about three flawed characters and there’s no negatives or positives’. I felt that was a valid point. I had also told director Vinil Mathew that I didn’t want (to be labeled as a villain) because I don’t find it inspiring,” Rane said.

The actor is excited about his upcoming lineup like sports drama “Miranda Brothers” starring Gupta and bilingual Hindi-Tamil “Dange” which reunites him with Nambiar.

Set in London, her upcoming release “Tara vs Bilal” is about the importance of family, love and overcoming your inner demons.

“Our director explained to us that a love story has three phases: pyaar (love), iqrar (confession) and takrar (altercation). They wanted to explore the ‘takrar’ phase hence its title ‘Tara vs Bilal’,” Rane said.

Rathee, who is making her Bollywood debut with the film, said she was a natural part of ‘Tara vs Bilal’. She has appeared in several web series and TV shows like “Broken But Beautiful” and “Decoupled”.

The actor sent a self-tape to the creators and auditioned for the role in person a few days later. Two weeks later, she was locked up for the role of Tara.

“I fell in love with the script and Tara. It was great to have John Abraham backing him up, he has a great sense of storytelling. I’m happy and satisfied with the film,” she added.

Iqbal said the central idea for ‘Tara vs Bilal’, which follows a man cornered by so many women, came from writer Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh.

“We wanted to do a story based outside of India. These people are Indian at heart but do not live in India. So London was the obvious choice, we wanted to explore Desi life there,” the director said, adding that Abraham had also contributed creatively to the film.

T-Series and TVB Films are also credited as producers on “Tara vs Bilal.”

Image: Harshvardhan Rane’s Instagram

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