Pranav Sachdeva gives Shah Rukh Khan’s Darr character an EVIL TWIST

 

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“Jadoo teri nazar, khushboo tera badan, tu haan kar, ya naa kar, tu hai meri Kiran,” sang the obsessive Shah Rukh Khan in Yash Chopra’s Darr… and the rest is history.

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Many actors have tried to ape the psycho lover Rahul that SRK played on silver screen, but it has never been attempted on television. That is changing with Pranav Sachdeva’s key role as the two-faced character he plays in Deepak Sharma’s gripping daily soap Agar Tum Saath Ho, produced by Gulshan Sachdeva for the revamped Zindagi channel.

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“It’s a triangle with a difference,” says Pranav, adding that he has tried to enact the role with further nuances. “Ironically, my character in the soap is called Ram — a name people relate with extreme goodness. Ram too is a great guy until he gets obsessive in love, so much so that he becomes tormenting,” reveals Pranav.

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The actor points out that “Rahul of Darr was an eccentric stalker. He was possessive, bordering on psychotic. Inspite of all the similarities, Ram is different. He is evil in a much less obvious way. He’s not a psycho or a stalker, but is immensely selfish and wicked, yet charismatic and witty. He uses his charm and corporate business power to find his way out of situations.”

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“But like Rahul, Ram only cares about what he wants and gives two hoots about the other guy. These are shades which makes him scarier.” Come to think of it, such were the shades that made SRK’s iconic character of Darr start off as charmingly crazy, only to turn eerily spooky by the end.

Arjumman Mughal upset about Ram Jethmalani-Leena Chandavarkar’s “cute” liplock

Most people who saw and read about the Ram Jethmalani-Leena Chandavarkar controversial ‘liplock’ at the Humlog Awards this week, were either amused or smiling. The veteran lawyer and politician indulged in a rather long display of affection on the dais; pecking on the cheeks of the yesteryear actress and late Kishore Kumar’s wife.

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But Arjumman Mughal who picked up an award at the event that evening for her performance in the highly-sensitive movie Ya Rab, isn’t so pleased! Why? “Because all that public display of ‘cheek cheekiness’ diverted the attention from the actual awards,” she smirks.

And just as we wonder whether the actress is serious or joking, she almost justifies the kiss. “It was cute and just a way of greeting each other. Maybe, he wanted to kiss her cheek, and missed,” winks Arjumman.

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The actress feels that Twitterati is jumping all over the so-called ‘liplock’ giving it more attention than it deserves. But she also defends it saying, “Where is it written that male testosterone is the prerogative of hot and happening Bollywood stars.” True that!

Just for the record, Arjumman’s film Ya Rab depicted how the religion of Islam has been used by some unscrupulous elements, as a tool to propagate violence and terrorism by misinterpreting The Quran and its real meaning.

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The film almost echoed the words US President Barack Obama said last week: “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

Ya Rab with its tagline ‘Jihad against terrorism’, was endorsed and released by Mahesh Bhatt, and hailed as a genuine effort to showcase the correct face of Islam and help bring misguided youth back to the right path.