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Getting good work was “difficult” a few years back: Paresh Rawal

It was 'difficult' to find good work a few years back: Paresh Rawal

Paresh Rawal will be seen in the next Hungama 2. (courtesy pareshwal 1955)

Highlight

  • Paresh Rawal said, ‘I have no complaints with the industry
  • “I have got a job according to my stature,” he said.
  • Paresh Rawal was last seen in ‘Toofan’

Mumbai:

Veteran actor Paresh Rawal is thrilled that Bollywood is now chronicling the untold stories rooted in the country and not the “plagiarism” of international films, he said, a trend that dominated till a few years back. The 66-year-old actor, who has been working in the industry for nearly four decades, says the new crop of filmmakers has infused a certain freshness into Hindi cinema. Paresh Rawal especially referred to Ayushmann Khurrana’s drama Badhaai Ho! (2018) and Netflix Film of the Year pgllightAs an example of novel storytelling, fronted by Sanya Malhotra.

“Earlier, we used to plagiarize foreign stories and then later they (original producers) will file cases against us. Now that doesn’t happen. So now we are focusing on our domestic stories, which are far more classic, dramatic. and challenging. Pagglait, Badhaai Ho! There are wonderful examples,” Paresh Rawal told PTI.

He said that the change in Bollywood has given artists an opportunity to consistently do quality work. Explaining how the industry today has a more organized system, the actor, who himself has been an integral part of many historical changes, said that there are not only good stories but better storytellers too. “A few years back it was difficult to get good work but not now. Hindi cinema is going through a golden phase since last five-six years. There are new writers, directors, actors and a disciplined finance sector. is completed and delivered.”

From the theatrical films of the 80s, where he was mostly cast in negative roles, to the 90s when Paresh Rawal started emerging as a bankable artist. Sardar and National Award winner Woh Chokri in the 2000s, when he switched with comedy Hera PheriThe actor has proved his versatility time and time again. Paresh Rawal said that his big change happened with Ketan Mehta Sardar in 1994, where he starred as freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

“When I was doing SardarPeople asked Ketan Mehta what he thought of me for this role as I was just playing the villain. He told them that he chose me only because I was a good actor. He looked at me because I was doing my job well,” he recalled.

Actor, who was recently seen in the sports drama Toofaan, said that his biggest learning has been that a good performance will never go unnoticed, regardless of one’s screen space. “I don’t have any complaints from the industry. I have got a job as per my stature. You just have to keep doing your job honestly and someone will definitely see it.

He said, “I am not a producer, writer, director or someone in the film family with whose help I can grow. So all I have is my work and the dedication to do it with utmost sincerity.” Paresh Rawal is gearing up for the release of filmmaker Priyadarshan’s comedy, Hungama 2. The film is scheduled to release on Friday on Disney Plus Hotstar.

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