Actor Rahul Bhat of ‘Ugly’ fame says his upcoming Sudhir Mishra-helmed film ‘Aur Devdas’ will surpass the acclaimed director’s previous works.
‘Aur Devdas’ is a modern-day adaptation of the popular 1917 novel ‘Devdas’. The film also stars Richa Chaddha and Aditi Rao Hyadri.
The book has been adapted into many Bollywood films from K L Sehgal’s ‘Devdas’ in 1935, to Bimal Roy-directed 1955 film, starring Dilip Kumar, the 2001 Shah Rukh Khan-starrer to Anurag Kashyap’s 2009 movie ‘Dev D’.
Mishra is credited with films like ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’, ‘Dharavi’ and ‘Chameli’. Rahul, 37, said the director is always full of ideas. “He is so full of energy. He is full of innovative ideas.
He has done some amazing films. I have grown up on them. It is amazing to see that he is like a child even now, he is kind of discovering himself.
“I always had this complain that Indian directors, when they grow old, they kind of lose that touch but Sudhir is growing like a wine. This film is going to be his best work,” Rahul said.
The actor said he is enjoying playing the character of Devdas and is not bothered about any comparison with the other actors.
“Whenever ‘Devdas’ has been made, it has caught the imagination of the people. They have been hits. So, I think there must be something really interesting about this character. I have not tried to copy anyone in the film. Devdas is a role, which any actor would love to play.
“I am not working under any pressure of being compared with the actors, who have previously played the character. I have given the role my own take,” he said.
Rahul is also starring in ‘Rock On’ director Abhishek Kapoor’s upcoming venture ‘Fitoor’. He will be seen romancing Katrina Kaif in the film, which is adapted from Charles Dickens’ famous novel ‘Great Expectations’ and also stars Aditya Roy Kapoor and Rekha.