At 29, RK Rahul has got a second chance in his film career, and he's leaving no stone unturned to ensure that his dreams turn to reality. Speaking of dreams, here is a guy who dreams big and has no qualms about admitting it -modesty be damned. Ahead of the release of his film, Jigarthanda, he speaks to us about all things under the sun -no holds barred. Excerpts...
You are back in the limelight as a hero in one of the most talkedabout films of the year. What do you think the film will do for you?
Jigarthanda will, and already has, changed my life. I am back with a film after eight years.Some time ago, I didn't know the value of being a part of a film. Today , I have high regard and value for the opportunity and I have done everything I possibly can to help present a good film to audiences. Tell us about the initial phase of your career...Back in college, I was an introvert. I would not voice my opinion even if there were only a handful of people in the room.However, things changed when I accompanied a friend -a model -to an audition for the post of a television host. One of the jury members was Ganesh, who used to be a TV anchor and had just seen the release of his first film.
I had rehearsed well only to introduce a song to viewers, but the jury there asked me various other questions. I did quite badly , but requested them to let me enact what I had rehearsed too. As luck would have it, I was chosen to play host. After Ganesh's popularity as a TV star-turned-film star, a lot of filmmakers were on the hunt for other such finds. I happened to be one of them, I soon signed up for five films. I recall feeling good about having to turn down some other known filmmakers too for the lack of dates. But what I did not realize was that acting was a completely different ball game. My films did not do well, and I have only myself to blame for that as I did not perform. And from a point where I was this busy actor, to having no work at all...it was a big fall and like many others in the industry , I took it quite badly . There are a lot of us here who get stuck in this in-between phase -where you have not achieved stardom, and you are not even in a position to go back to where you started and take up a job, because `you are an actor now, you see... I can't take up a regular job!' You know you are in that phase when you find people looking at you and saying `I have seen you somewhere, but where...' You are identified, but not recognized. And before you know it, you are forgotten too. It is a tough phase and there are many who just cannot get out of it. But over time, with support from my mother Lalitha, I got back on track and started working as an event manager.