Rajeev Khandelwal Discusses Studio Politics and His Journey


Actor Rajeev Khandelwal, who gained fame with Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Kahiin To Hoga,’ recently opened up about the prevalence of studio politics in the film industry.

In an Interview, Rajeev shared his insights, stating, “Yes, it does exist. Not just studio politics, but many other politics exist in our industry. Politics are a part of any field where there is power and influence. Where there is power, there is business; where there is business, there is greed; and where there is greed, there will be politics. It’s an inherent part of every industry.”

Rajeev, who has been in the film industry for over two decades, also spoke about how he still feels like a newcomer with each new project. “I always feel like a newcomer with every project. I still wonder if people will like me or not; that nervous energy is always there with every project I do. When I look back, it feels surreal–how did it all happen? I never expected such a beautiful journey,” he said.

In his latest series ‘Showtime,’ Rajeev plays a superstar and shared his thoughts on portraying a character within the entertainment industry. “It was quite interesting to be part of a series that deals with our industry. It wasn’t difficult to understand the scenes much since no emotion was unfamiliar to us; these things happen, and we already know our industry well. So understanding the series while working on it was straightforward,” he explained.

Reflecting on his first daily soap ‘Kahiin To Hoga,’ Rajeev recounted, “Just two days back, someone from Canada sent me a reel on my email, saying she was watching it again on YouTube after 20 years. She sent me a clip, saying how beautiful it was. Then I remembered where I had shot that scene. I realized it was at Film City. Looking back, because that was my first daily soap, it will always remain special. The appreciation I received for the character brought back so many memories of all that happened during those one and a half years.”

Rajeev Khandelwal’s portrayal of the charming Sujal Garewal in ‘Kahiin To Hoga’ made him a poster boy of romance. He is also known for his performances in films such as ‘Table No 21’, ‘Bloody Daddy’, and ‘Aamir’.

In his latest OTT project, Rajeev plays an arrogant superstar named Armaan Singh in ‘Showtime,’ a series that delves into the world of Bollywood, addressing themes like nepotism and power struggles. Produced by Dharmatic Entertainment and led by filmmaker Karan Johar, ‘Showtime’ released its first four episodes in March. The final three episodes, featuring an ensemble cast including Mouni Roy, Naseeruddin Shah, Mahima Makwana, Shriya Saran, and Vijay Raaz, will be available for streaming on Disney+Hotstar on July 12.

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