Nikhil Dwivedi on why he chose to act in Vikram Bhatt's upcoming film, Hate Story

Nikhil Dwivedi, who has to his credit films such as My Name is Anthony Gonsalves, Raavan and Shor in the City, is ready for his next release, a Vikram Bhatt film titled Hate Story. Fresh from the critical acclaim he earned for his role in Shor in the City, one would expect a chunkier role from the actor, but he is happy with the character he is playing in this heroine-centric erotic thriller. Describing it as an emotional decision, Nikhil says it was his association with Vikram Bhatt that compelled him to do this film. “Vikram and I go back a long way. He has always been a silent supporter of my work. In fact, he had offered me a film three years ago, but we couldn't do it then and when he messaged me this time for Hate Story, I had to do it. I knew it was a woman-oriented script and that the actress would have a slightly larger share of the pie, but I took it on.”

Hate Story, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, is about how Kaavya (played by Bengali actor Paoli Dam) transforms from a simple middle class journalist to a sex worker. Obviously, everyone around Kaavya, including her family and her best friend (played by Nikhil) who secretly loves her, is brutally affected by this.

Paoli and her backless film poster have already become the talk of the town, but Nikhil is unperturbed. Ask him if actors feel threatened by the growing popularity of heroines, and he says, “The power of women in cinema is not something new. Mother India was made over 50 years ago. Amitabh Bachchan acted in Mili which had a female protagonist. Nothing in cinema happens suddenly. I am confident Vikram has given all actors due credit and space. With him, I know I am in safe hands. And though I say signing the film was an emotional decision, I wouldn't have been part of anything I was not comfortable with.”

Nikhil is kicked about his next release Tamachey also. An intense love story of outlaws, the film is being directed by first-time directors Navneet Behl and Suryaveer. It is being presented by Anurag Kashyap. “We are also putting up the remake of Sunny Deol's Arjun, which will most likely be directed by National Award-winning director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan of Lahore fame,” he informs.

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