Thespians are usually sceptical about working with fresh directors, but talented actor Rajeev Khandelwal has no such hang-ups. He feels he benefits from the debutants’ passion for filmmaking.
For his own big screen debut, Aamir, Rajeev worked under the direction of first timer Rajkumar Gupta. Even his second film Shaitan was directed by newcomer Bejoy Nambiar, while his last release Soundtrack was helmed by debutant Neerav Ghosh.
“As far as newcomers are concerned, I invest in someone who has the knowledge of filmmaking, someone who has a great script and content to offer,” Rajeev said.
“I have worked with people who had been running around with their scripts for four to five years, wanting to make a film. I work with new directors because I know I will benefit from their passion. I am not wary or nervous about it at all,” he added.
Rajeev is a rare example of an actor who took a leap from the small screen to the big screen and tasted success. But he says his career path has always been unplanned.
The 36-year-old now wants to do projects which have a human connect. “I want to do films with human connect, but not really issue-based films. I also wish to direct films which have human connect to it. I can’t do projects where my role is not humane and I don’t even enjoy watching such films,” Rajeev said.
For now, Rajeev is busy connecting with common people as the host of the second season of controversial reality show Sach Ka Saamna. Initially, the show was about people opening up their dark secrets on national television; for this season, the central theme has been changed to corruption.