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A neighbour's delight...

Photo: S. Subramanium.

Rahul Bhatt... a smile for "Nayee Padosan".

HE HAS been the recipient of brickbats by the women of India for abandoning his wife in favour of another woman. Yet he cherishes this applause.

Rahul Bhatt, the protagonist-cum-antagonist Sameer from the tele-serial "Heena", idolises the tube and is up-tempo about his latest film, "Nayee Padosan", released at cinema halls across Delhi this past week. The Kashmiri hunk's romance with the screen started with television commercials for brands like Breeze and Ponds, and music videos with Shankar Sawhney and Sajjad Ali, after which he ventured into the world of serials and became the big hero of the small screen.

"People started recognising my work in `Heena'. I just did one serial, because I did not want to overexpose myself on television by doing a dozen serials. `Heena' earned me both name and fame. I am indebted to television", he says, visibly content.

His debut film "Yeh Mohabbat Hai" didn't exactly hit it off at the box office. He observes: "Acting is about giving a 100 per cent shot without any short-cuts whatsoever. I gave it my best shot, it didn't work, never mind. I simply loved the film and here I am now in a new film with a totally new character.

"I am playing a double role in `Nayee Padosan'. On one side I portray the role of Prabhu, who is a South Indian classical singer and the best friend of the actress and on the other, I take on the role of a `bhai' to put in their place the actors trying hard to woo the actress. It's a very comical role," quips this handsome hero, who had no compunctions about shaving off his hair for the role.

With four new films due for release, he believes in bright scripts and big banners.

Rolling in screens of silver, Rahul is here to stay... Bhatt, let's see.

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