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The gifted one

The unsatisfied actor in Raghubir Yadav is still on the look out for his dream role

Raghubir Yadav (third from left) as `Chacha Chowdhury'

HOWEVER MUCH you say about Raghubir Yadav, you tend to feel you have not said enough. Because the man is such. Multi-talented yet so unassuming, so simple. A winner of quite a few awards and still not full of himself.

"I try to do whatever little I can," the man puts it so humbly when asked about it. No airs, no frills. He is "just an actor." Salaam Bombay, Rudaali, 1942: A Love Story, Bawandar, Bandit Queen, Lagaan, Dil Se, Asoka, Darna Mana Hai, Meenaxi, Deewar... . He has given us classy, tasteful acting, be it a small or a big role. Even as television characters, Raghubir has given us variety though highlighting so strongly his typicality. With that inimitable voice. With those real expressions. So convincing.

Chacha Chaudhary

Appearing as Chacha Chaudhary in Sahara Manoranjan's eponymous serial, which has just completed 175 episodes, Raghubir is once again at his entertaining best. Perhaps not `as best' as in Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne on Doordarshan but definitely better than many shows in this cable TV era. Based on the well-known Indian comic book, "Chacha Chaudhary" created by famous cartoonist Pran, the Monday to Wednesday 7.30 p.m. serial is obviously meant for children.

"I won't say that acting for children's entertainment is easy. But if you are not honest with them, if you try to fool them even just a little bit, children have their way of finding it out. Then the excitement fizzles out," he says. Keeping modern-day children in mind, the serial has made a few changes to the original. For instance, after Chacha Chaudhary solves any problem in league with his Man Friday, Saboo, a background voice is heard: "Chacha ji ka deemag computer se bhi zyada tez hai."

"But we have reason to believe these changes are working well," he says, pointing to the serial having survived 175 episodes and going strong.

Coming soon: Deha

Though not taking up another small screen role, he says, by the end of this year, he would be seen in "a serious and important role" in Mahesh Manjrekar's film Deha.

"There, I am acting the role of a servant who is secretly in love with his lady employer. I am the centrepoint of the film because from my acts only, the story rolls," he says. Though Raghubir terms this role as good, his dream role is yet to come his way. "I can't tell you exactly what the role would be like, but so far whatever I have done, I am not satisfied. I am still searching for a character that I can play and feel fulfilled."

His thirst for a better character is not yet slaked. But then, isn't that the sign of a good actor? Someone who keeps looking for a bigger challenge.


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