I proudly tell everyone that I am from a city jahan se Bachchan ji jaise kalakar nikle hain: Tahir Raj Bhasin

He was an actor Tahir Raj Bhasin The first visit to Lucknow. The actor of 'Chhichore' was recently in the city for a seminar at the Indian Institute of Administration, Lucknow. Excited by his stage debut as a speaker at IIM-Lucknow, in an exclusive interview with us conducted on campus after the seminar, actor Mardani shared about his interaction with students, his UP connection, the Bollywood trip and how the life has changed after the success of his last movie ... Is this your first visit to Lucknow?

I've been to Prayagraj before but not to Lucknow. This is my first visit here, but I know Prayagraj quite well, since much of my childhood was spent there as a member of the Indian Air Force, my father was sent there. What I know about Lucknow is that a lot of filming is happening here. And as an actor it is now a dream of mine to come to Lucknow and film here. The actors are really stressed by the kind of food we get when we shoot in different cities, but Lucknow mein shoots karte time, I'm sure, for any actor it won't be a cause for concern, since yahan ka khana is famous everywhere. I have friends in Lucknow who have promised to take me for a Lakhnawi kaane ki treatment of some delicious kebabs.

So what memories do you have of Prayagraj?

I went to Boys High School in 1996 when I was in class VI. I have incredible memories of this city. Prayagraj is the first place where at school I performed for the first time on stage while participating in elocution and poetry.

Everyone's childhood is special and the palace where it is passed is also special. So, for me, Prayagraj occupies a special place in my heart. I remember living in civil line and traveling in tempos. Every time a family visited us from another city, we went to Sangam. I have taken several dives in the Sangam. As a child, it was so fascinating to live in a colorful city like Prayagraj that had so many stories. Also meri zubaan jo itni saaf hai Hindi mein is because I lived there. Also from Amitabh Bachchan he is from Prayagraj, I proudly tell everyone that I am from a city jahan se Bachchan ji jaise kalakar nikle hain. I remember going to an exhibition at Anand Bhawan, the house of Jawahar Lal Nehru.  Tahir Raj Bhasin  (inset) was seen as Derek in Chhichhore (BCCL/ Vishnu Jaiswal) Tahir Raj Bhasin (inset) was seen as Derek in Chhichhore (BCCL/Vishnu Jaiswal)

How was addressing students at IIM Lucknow?

I was really very excited about this. The theme was the influence of social networks today. I told them about my trip to Bollywood. They also asked me some really good questions. I tried my best not to give them a moral lecture. I told them how the actors are also creative entrepreneurs and how we are our own brand and our own CEO. I told them how we launched into the industry. I tried my best to be at their level and conceptualize with them emotionally. Most things were improvised. An interesting question from a student was: how much of social media is important to me today? I told them that although I would like to publish most of the things about my professional commitments, such as coming to IIM and giving this interview today, I would definitely like to mark a line about things that I would not publish online from my private life. Intentionally I am not doing things to gain followers on social networks.

Returning to his acting trip, he started doing theater in Delhi.

The theater for me was discovering that I have this talent to act. I did theater with John barry in Delhi when I was 15 years old. So when Mr. Barry, who has taught actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Bajpayee, told me that I have the potential to succeed in Bollywood, it was a motivation of another level. Also acting in front of a live audience is always very exciting because there are no repetitions and you must be perfect. In short, theater helps an actor overcome the pressure of acting.

 Tahir Raj Bhasin  (BCCL/ Vishnu Jaiswal) Tahir Raj Bhasin (BCCL/Vishnu Jaiswal)

What was that moment in your life when you realized you wanted to be an actor?

I went to Australia to study film and when I saw the level of detail involved in creating a scene and the complexities with which one has to deliver a line, it was like wow! For me it was a mixture of philosophy, psychology and art. During that time I made a change to fully venture into acting. Although my parents worried about how I would live off this, they supported me. However, when they came to see Mardani's first screening, my mother was crying. I asked him if he didn't like the movie or me. And she said no, not at all! She told me it was a very proud moment for her to see me with an actress like Rani Mukerji.

How has life changed after the success of his films Mardani and now Chhichore?

As they say in Mumbai, my life changed on a Friday, with the launch of Mardani and now Chhichore. After the launch of Mardani, suddenly of an actor with difficulties to audition, I became an actor. I no longer had to pick up the phone and make an introduction that said Hello, I'm Tahir. Mardani was a crime thriller, Manto after that was a vintage biopic, Force 2 was an action movie, Chhichore has been a college drama and my next one will be a sports movie. So, in a short span of seven years in the industry, doing different parts is great. For me, I want to continue surprising the audience by doing a different job.