Bolo Hau actor Ankit Rathi makes no bones about working his way up in Bollywood
It was only after 900 auditions that Raipur-born Ankit Rathi got an opportunity to act in Fukrey starring Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha and Pulkit Samrat. The film was followed by a role in Singham 2 after which he landed the lead roles in 3 Storeys and Phulmania. The actor, who believes in never giving up, talks about his latest film, Bolo Hau, that releases in theatres today.
Tell us a little about your role in Bolo Hau?
I play a typical Hyderabadi boy in his early twenties, who falls in love with a girl named Rukhsar played by Jahnavi Dhanrajgir. This character was fun to play because I had Hyderabadi and Hindi dialogues and I got to know a bit of Hyderabad through this film.
How was it like working with Tarun as a director?
It was amazing as Tarun has been an actor too before turning into a director. He always gave me the space I needed to perform. The experience was very enriching and enjoyable at the same time.
After 3 Storeys and Phulmania, this is your third film where you play the lead. How do you plan to grow in the industry?
To be honest I don’t plan much. All my previous films are very different from one another and I am enjoying this aspect of my career so far, I hope and wish that I can keep on experimenting with my acting skills like this and exploring regional cinema is definitely on my plans.
What about exploring the web world?
I think the web has opened so many doors as far as filmmaking is concerned. Suddenly the window for exploring subjects and characters has widened and as an actor, I am keen to work in the webspace and just waiting for the right part.
Any web projects that you are a part of?
Not yet. I want to do characters which are different from what I do in films. The kind of parts that were offered to me was pretty similar to those which I was already doing in films at that point, like that of a young lover. I would like to experiment and do something different and more challenging and I am already reading a few scripts for OTT platforms. Also, I would love to do many more projects in the South.
Any director you wish to work with in the future?
The list is pretty long but if I had the choice to pick one director it has to be Farhan Akthar.
Any comfort food?
What are the things you always carry with yourself?
My phone, Airpods and books.
I enjoy playing chess.