Good times are here for actors: Rahul Bhat

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Mumbai: Actor Rahul Bhat, who will be seen on the big screen with “Ugly”, says thanks to young, creative directors and new stories, these are great times for actors in the country.

Rahul, who became popular with a lead role in TV series “Heena”, tried his luck at films with duds like “Yeh Mohabbat Hai” and “Nayee Padosan”. But now he’s hoping for a new lease of life in filmdom with Anurag Kashyap’s “Ugly”.

“It’s a good time now to be an actor in India with all these young and exciting directors like Kashyap making interesting movies and doing such a brilliant job. Opportunities have opened up for actors and directors, and we even have fantastic new stories,” Rahul said here.

Rahul says it felt “great” to be back in front of the camera.

“It’s my good fortune that I am getting to work with a director like Anurag Kashyap in ‘Ugly’. I needed a good script to work in. I could not do just any film. ‘Ugly’ is a classic, it’s a bit dark but has a gripping story,” he added.

“Ugly” also features Ronit Roy and Tejaswini Kolhapure in key roles.

‘Ugly’ is content-driven new-age cinema: Rahul Bhat

Actor Rahul Bhat, once popular for his stint in TV show ‘Heena’, is glad that his long awaited film ‘Ugly’ has released in theatres. He says he’s confident the movie will be well-received as it is different from Bollywood’s “standard masala fare”.

“Audiences complain about the standard masala fare being churned out every Friday. ‘Ugly’ is content-driven new-age cinema. I am confident it will be well-received,” Rahul said.

Rahul made his feature film debut 2002 with ‘Yeh Mohabbat Hai’. This was followed by the atrocious comedy “Nayee Padosan”, which mauled the Mehmood-Kishore Kumar-Sunil Dutt classic and almost finished off Rahul’s Bollywood career.

He bounced back when Anurag Kashyap spotted him for a pivotal role in ‘Ugly’. Those who saw Rahul in the film couldn’t stop raving about him. In fact, Sudhir Mishra even signed Rahul as the protagonist in his ‘Devdas’ remake on the basis of the actor’s performance in ‘Ugly’.

Tragically, ‘Ugly’ became embroiled in a long dispute with the censor board with Kashyap’s refusal to carry anti-smoking statutory warnings with the film. After almost two years of deadlock, Kashyap has relented and agreed to carry the statutory warning, and now ‘Ugly’ releases Friday.

“After years of waiting, I’ve two films releasing — ‘Ugly’ and ‘Aur Devdas’, with great directors (Kashyap and Sudhir Mishra). I couldn’t ask for more. I’m so happy that ‘Ugly’ is finally releasing,” he continued…

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