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Madhavan says he achieved ‘immortality’ with 9-minute Rang De Basanti cameo, couldn’t play Siddharth’s role for this reason

Actor R Madhavan mentioned that he realised after engaged on Rang De Basanti that if a personality is well-written, it may possibly conjure ‘immortality’ for the actor enjoying them, no matter how a lot display screen time that character has. He mentioned that he labored on the Nationwide Award-winning movie for round eight days, whereas the remainder of the forged, led by Aamir Khan, toiled away for over a yr. However to this present day, his title stays synonymous with the film. 

In an interview with Movie Companion’s Baradwaj Rangan, Madhavan additionally narrated the story of how he satisfied director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to permit him to ‘underplay’ his character, in an experiment to persuade the viewers that they had been watching the true Madhavan on display screen. This, he mentioned, would make the character’s loss of life really feel extra private.  

He mentioned, “In Rang De Basanti I had a nine-minute position. I used to be imagined to do Siddharth’s position however I couldn’t as a result of I had lengthy hair, and I ended up doing the pilot’s position. Huge revelation in my life, as a result of even now once they talk about Rang De Basanti, my title is synonymous with that movie, for a nine-minute look. And these gents, who labored so arduous for one-and-a-half years, and I solely labored for eight days, I believe. And I realised that immortality by way of being recognised as a personality depends upon the way you play that character, and the way that character is written and introduced.” 

Going into extra element, Madhavan added, “I used to be imagined to do Siddharth’s position, however Aamir mentioned, ‘Maddy, it’s a must to do one position on this movie. Please, are you able to do Flight Lieutenant Rathod?’ After I heard that narration from Rakeysh and Aamir, I used to be like, ‘Guys, you’re asking me to be an ideal boyfriend, an ideal son, an ideal patriot, an ideal buddy with an virtually legendary form of popularity, for all these guys to go and provides their lives up for him.’ Everybody is aware of you want one film to point out that you’re a excellent boyfriend or an ideal son. You want a whole film to point out that! So, I used to be telling Rakeysh, ‘How do you anticipate me to do justice to this? I’ve solely been doing movies for 5 years.’ So, he mentioned, ‘That’s why I’ve come to you, Maddy, what the hell.’” 

The actor mentioned that he introduced Mehra with a suggestion. He would play the character as ‘naturally’ as potential, in order that the viewers would subconsciously begin associating him with the real-life Madhavan. He labored ‘very arduous’, he mentioned, to make it possible for the viewers felt that they’d ‘misplaced any individual that they knew’. And that is what he instructed Mehra: “Are you able to let me do that position the best way I wish to? I need all people to really feel that Madhavan died, not Flight Lieutenant Rathod; they need to really feel that Madhavan died.” 

The filmmaker agreed, and Madhavan mentioned that the experiment labored. “To a big extent, individuals felt the loss,” Madhavan concluded. Additionally starring Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and others, Rang De Basanti grew to become one of many seminal Hindi movies of the last decade, successful the Nationwide Award for Greatest Fashionable Movie and being nominated for the BAFTA Award for Greatest Overseas Language Movie. 

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