Interview : In Conversation with Hemant Pandey for his upcoming film ‘Rajula’

Hemant Pandey

Hemant Pandey has played the character of ‘Puran Mama’ in an upcoming film ‘Rajula’ which is based on the famous folk tale of Uttarakhand, Rajula-Malushahi and the film is releasing under PVR Director's rare cut on 18th October, 2013.

Hailing from the theater background, Hemant Pandey, has proved his talent in the field of acting. The veteran actor, known for his famous role of Pandeyji in TV series ‘Office Office, has also worked in big banner films like Krrish, Ready, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, etc. The most recent film in which he acted is ‘2 Nights in Soul Valley’ which was released in 2012. Hemant is known for playing comedy character role but here he played a negative character.

Let’s have a one and one with the actor in an exclusive interview:

First thing first tell us something more about your character ‘Puran Mama’ in an upcoming film ‘Rajula’…
As you know I belong to Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand and when Manoj Chandola came to me with the concept I instantly said, yes. From childhood we grew up hearing the 700 years old folk tale Rajula-Malushahi and I was getting the chance to be part of such an epic so I nodded in positive. The writer and director Nitin Tewari, has given a modern treatment to the story keeping the core of the story intact and my character has an important contribution to the film. This will be revealed when you what the film (smiles). 

You are well established in Hindi film industry then why you choose to do a regional film like Rajula now…
I like to differ here…Rajula is story of Uttarakhand but this film has compared that era with the modern scenario and showed the struggle of a women in our society brilliantly. And such a film in my opinion shouldn’t be only considered as regional film. Plus we have dialogues in regional language, hindi and English with subtitles.
Now why I choose this film; one reason being this film has originated from Uttarakhand and I belong to this place so automatically your inner soul instigates you to say – yes. 

How was the total experience of doing this film?
The USP of the film is its narration. The film has shaped brilliantly and gives the true picture of the ‘Land of Gods.’ The shooting of the film was an adventure in itself. The cast and crew where extremely good to work. Karan and Ashima has pulled their character well and they were able to do just to such an epic love story. Uttarakhand is known for its natural beauty and the breath taking sights around the Himalayas, the Bhabhar and the Terai were a life time experience to be shooting around there.

Tell us something about your upcoming projects…
Currently my film ‘Prakash Electronics’ is in post production phase and there are few other projects but it’s too earlier to say anything.