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Mumbai Matinee man's high noon

HE HATES Hollywood cinema and loves films made in China, Iraq and Iran. He is a man of few words but his performances do the talking for him. He says he does not have conventional good looks by Bollywood yardstick but knows that he is loved all the way. Meet Rahul Bose, the gifted actor who made his debut with "English August" and won accolades through his performance in "Mr. And Mrs. Iyer", "Jhankar Beats" and is now all set to "break new ground" through "Mumbai Matinee" slated to release this Friday. Then there is "Chameli".

"Mumbai Matinee" is lucid but dark humour in which the issue of male sexuality in a modern society, is dealt with. Here Rahul plays an "unattractive man, a social loser who grows very conscious of his body because the society where he lives in the sexual success rate is very important." Bewildered, he goes to meet a tantric who takes him for a massive ride. Things go worse and all finally land up in jail. "He finally comes to terms with self and society." "This role has all shades that an actor would love to play, everything goes so favourably for me in the film," chuckles he.

For a different shade again, Rahul chose "Chameli" opposite Kareena Kapoor. The film is about a relationship that builds between a prostitute and a man who have to seek shelter in a common room as it starts pouring heavily. "There is no emotional link between the two, yet how a relationhip develops between the two, is what the film is all about," he informs. And he knows that "all media hype and hoopla would surround only Kareena Kapoor as she is not only doing an off-beat film for the first time but also because she has more fans to follow, but I am happy about her and curious about myself."

He chooses no stereotype roles. "I am thankful to God that my image is no image in Bollywood, so I never have to calculate which roles to do. I go by my heart's parameters: an original story and a good director who can sensitise audience."

A hater of Hollywood films as he is, he likes films like "City of God", "Amorous Pheros" that have "original scripts as in films from Iraq and China. Hollywood is all about formula films. Last better film that I saw was `Boys Don't Cry' and `The Dead City'. Indian filmmakers badly lack in original script and idea. They are not ready to break the mould. They are just not exposed to good films across the world and the techniques of correct filmmaking, so a typecast repeat happens each year. We have very sensitive audience, but grossly underrated. The success of crossover and other story-based films prove that."

Any way out?

"Chase creativity, money will follow". True!

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