Paresh Rawal: Hindi cinema is in its golden period

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Paresh Rawal the undeniably talented actor of both comedic and dramatic roles credits the immense faith in his acting skills by so many are what have given him such a rich variety of roles to play over the years.

“Mesmerized by the performance of actors like Amitabh, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri and Om Puri, I came to the film industry. I wanted to do the kind of roles they have enacted,” Rawal said in an interview for IANS.

In his next film – S. Balakrishnan’s directorial debut Cheeni Kum set to release on May 25th – he plays Omprakash Verma. His characer is the father of Tabu’s character who finds out that the man she wants to marry played by Amitabh Bachchan is only six years younger than himself.

Of his co-star Amitabh, Paresh says, “It is not easy to get the kind of achievements he has, the kind of work he has done and he is doing it even at this age. It is amazing.”

Next up is small-budget film, Anurag Kashyap’s No Smoking that also stars John Abraham. And he also has in the pipeline: Fauj Mein Mauj, Fool N Final and Bhool Bhulaiya.

Paresh thinks that Hindi cinema is changing and in a good way. Not only changing with new directors and writers but how the work is done, becoming more corporate in many ways and that the audience is also changing. He said in the interview for IANS, “The newcomers are really good and they have such wonderful new ideas “I think Hindi cinema is in its golden period.”

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