Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Thursday, Sep 16, 2004

About Us
Contact Us
Metro Plus Delhi
Published on Mondays & Thursdays

Features: Magazine | Literary Review | Life | Metro Plus | Open Page | Education Plus | Book Review | Business | SciTech | Entertainment | Young World | Property Plus | Quest | Folio |

Metro Plus    Bangalore    Chennai    Coimbatore    Delhi    Hyderabad    Kochi   

Printer Friendly Page Send this Article to a Friend

The gifted one



Raghubir Yadav In Chacha Chaudhary.

HOWEVER MUCH you say about Raghubir Yadav, you tend to feel you have not said enough. Because the man is such. Multi-talented yet so unassumingly, so simple. A winner of quite a few awards and still not full of himself.

"I try to do whatever little I can," the man puts it so humbly when asked about it. No airs, no frills. He is "just an actor." Salaam Bombay, Rudaali, 1942, A Love Story, Bawandar, Bandit Queen, Lagaan, Dil Se, Asoka, Darna Mana Hai, Meenaxi, Deewar... . He has given us classy, tasteful acting, be it a small or a big role. Even as television characters, Raghubir has given us variety though highlighting so strongly his typicality. With that inimitable voice. With those real expressions. So convincing.

Chacha Chaudhary

Appearing as Chacha Chaudhary in Sahara Manoranjan's eponymous serial, which has just completed 175 episodes, Raghubir is once again at his entertaining best. Perhaps not `as best' as in Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne on Doordarshan but definitely better than many shows in this cable TV era. Based on the well-known Indian comic book, "Chacha Chaudhary" created by famous cartoonist Pran, the Monday to Wednesday 7.30 p.m. serial is obviously meant for children.

"I won't say that acting for children's entertainment is easy. But if you are not honest with them, if you try to fool them even just a little bit, children have their way of finding it out. Then the excitement fizzles out," he says. Keeping modern-day kids in mind, the serial has made a few changes to the original. For instance, after Chacha Chaudhary solves any problem in league with his Man Friday, Saboo, a background voice is heard: "Chacha ji ka deemag computer se bhi zyada tez hai."

"But we have reason to believe these changes are working well," he says, pointing to the serial having survived 175 episodes and going strong.

Coming soon: Deha

Though not taking up another small screen role, he says, by the end of this year, he would be seen in "a serious and important role" in Mahesh Manjrekar's film Deha.

"There, I am acting the role of a servant who is secretly in love with his lady employer. I am the centrepoint of the film because from my acts only, the story rolls," he says. Though Raghubir terms this role as good, his dream role is yet to come his way. "I can't tell you exactly what the role would be like, but so far whatever I have done, I am not satisfied. I am still searching for a character that I can play and feel fulfilled."

His thirst for a better character is not yet slaked. But then, isn't that the sign of a good actor? Someone who keeps looking for a bigger challenge?

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Metro Plus    Bangalore    Chennai    Coimbatore    Delhi    Hyderabad    Kochi   

Features: Magazine | Literary Review | Life | Metro Plus | Open Page | Education Plus | Book Review | Business | SciTech | Entertainment | Young World | Property Plus | Quest | Folio |


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Comments to : thehindu@vsnl.com   Copyright 2004, The Hindu
Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu