The actor is psyched about being in the Salman Khan production...
He was last seen on TV hosting a crime show Shaitaan — The Criminal Mind. Two years later Sharad Kelkar is back with a series, Agent Raghav (on &TV) that has him playing a stylish detective who solves crimes. The actor who impressed with his menacing act in 1920 — Evil Returns and his small but effective role as Deepika Padukone’s brother in Goliyon Ki Raasleela — Ram Leela will next be seen in Sooraj Pancholi-Athiya Shetty starrer Hero. He is reprising Sanjeev Kumar’s role in the remake. Sharad will also be playing Gopinath Munde in a Marathi biopic Sangharsh Yatra. Here the actor talks about his return to TV and his film outings.
You have moved from hosting a crime show to solving crimes as a detective in Agent Raghav...
Yes, I think it’s the next step (smiles). Hosting is a completely different ball game. Acting is my primary profession. Also, since the last two years I wasn’t hosting or acting in any show so when I got this interesting offer there was no way I would turn it down. If you have followed my career graph, you would have noticed that I never repeat myself. Raghav is an unique character — he has several layers to him. He doesn’t go about solving crimes in the usual way with a gun. He is a stylish, intelligent and smart detective. The last time I saw someone like that was Karamchand and Byomkesh Bakshi.
What is unique about Raghav?
He believes in using his brains and not brawn. He has a background in psychiatry, so can read minds as well as body language. He believes that rather than using the gun, there are other ways of getting the criminals to confess their crimes. He uses words more than action. He is not serious in his approach — he cracks jokes, is casual and confident.
Why did you stay away from soaps for so long?
Fortunately or unfortunately my film commitments were clashing with serials. Also, TV requires a lot of time and commitment. Besides, I wanted to do something different. I have already played the angry young man, an anti-hero and even mature roles. Agent Raghav is fresh. Raghav is a charmer, smart and well read. I get to play the title role as a hero as well as a intelligent guy. What more does an actor need?
Tell me something about your upcoming films?
I am very excited that my show starts on September 5 and the following week Hero in which I have an important role releases. I am essaying the character Sanjeev Kumar had played in the original film. I had seen Hero when I was a kid, but after I was offered the role I did not watch it. Simply because I did not want to get influenced by Sanjeev sir. I can never do what he did, so I have done it in my way. Then there’s a Marathi film, a biopic on Gopinath Munde Sangharsh Yatra that is releasing in November. When I was approached for the role, I never thought I had any resemblance to the political personality. But the director convinced me and when I saw myself in the mirror after donning his get-up I was surprised at the similarity. I did a lot of homework, watched his videos, met locals at Bheed — the toughest part was speaking fluent Marathi the way he spoke.
How did Hero happen?
Salman Khan, (producer of Hero) had done a cameo in Riteish Deshmukh’s and my film Lai Bhaari. He knows Marathi and was so fluent, it was nice working with him. And now I am doing a role in his film. However, for Hero, I gave a look test before being finalised. Someday, I might act with him too!
Stay tuned to BollywoodLife for the latest scoops and updates from Bollywood, Hollywood, South, TV and Web-Series.
Click to join us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram. Also follow us on Facebook Messenger for latest updates.