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Making the right noises

Rajeev Khandelwal dropped into a Gurgaon office to break bread with the winner of the MiD DAY Bollywood Lunch Contest. We joined in


Rajeev Khandelwal

It isn't easy to convince Rajeev Khandelwal to sign a film. But getting him to have lunch with the winner of MiD DAY Bollywood Lunch Contest is relatively easier. The handsome man with a lean body dropped in at Vivaki Exchange, an office in Gurgaon, to have lunch with Nitin Dhingra, who won the contest by answering a simple question on Khandelwal's upcoming flick Soundtrack. The contest, a regular affair, requires a person to answer a simple question on films.


Rajeev Khandelwal and Mrinalini Sharma


Winner of the contest Nitin Dhingra


V.N. Satish; Yashika Arora and director Neerav Ghosh

His upcoming flick Soundtrack is the story of a DJ who comes from a small town, makes it big, turns deaf and battles his handicap to get back to music. Supporting him in his quest is Soha Ali Khan. The movie, directed by debutant Neerav Ghosh, is the official remake of It's All Gone Pete Tong. The music is by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, who have quite a fan following.


The actors check out a copy of MiD DAY


Rajeev with Shipra Shrivastava

"I give a lot of thought before I pick up a film. It's a mad film. Aamir was six hours, Shaitan was six days and this is going to be a six month movie. For the first time I play a happy man," quips Khandelwal. "I have not done anything in the past which is like this. It's a film that pushes boundaries on every front," he says.
So to take the challenge head on, Khandelwal did workshops and visited a lot of pubs and nightclubs with Ghosh. "I had apprehensions about whether I would be able to pull it off since I am very uptight in nature," he says. But gradually, he started relaxing and 'shaking a leg or two'.
 
"People pushing from all around in Mumbai nightclubs really helped," he says, grinning. But in the end, he simply went by his 'instincts', he says. Khandelwal admits that he isn't really 'musically inclined'. But he does have a thing for musical instruments. He has quite a collection at home, he admits as he interacts with the employees of Vivaki Exchange, shaking hands and posing for photographs.

"Whenever I travel I pick up traditional instruments from the place. Even when I am shooting, before an intense scene I listen to light music," he says. Music plays a big role in Soundtrack. "I wanted to recreate Beethoven in modern day Mumbai. But while working on the script, I realised that something similar has already been done. So we spoke to the producers and acquired the rights of the movie," says Ghosh, who has directed the movie.
The movie sees Khandelwal play a hip boy in the first half who turns intense post interval. Soha, who essays the character of a hearing-impaired girl, is Khandelwal's muse once he turns deaf. "She considers herself special and gets Rajeev out of depression," says Ghosh. If this get you curious, check out the movie that releases on September 30.

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