Exclusive: Showtime Star Rajeev Khandelwal Says, “Film Actors Can Never Do Television Successfully”

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Exclusive: Showtime Star Rajeev Khandelwal Says, “Film Actors Can Never Do Television Successfully”

Rajeev Khandelwal, a stalwart in the Indian entertainment industry, has left an indelible mark with his versatile performances across television, film, and digital platforms. From his breakthrough role in the beloved serial Kahin Toh Hoga to his recent stint in the Disney Plus Hotstar series Showtime, Rajeev Khandelwal’s journey epitomizes the seamless transition between mediums. In an exclusive conversation with Hauterrfly, the actor delved deep into the intricacies of his career trajectory and revealed how he never left TV to do films.

 

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Dispelling any misconceptions surrounding his transition from television to films, Khandelwal adamantly reiterated, “I never left TV to go do movies.” For over a decade and a half, he has tirelessly reiterated this stance, emphasizing that his decision to explore different mediums stemmed not from a desire for career advancement, but from a genuine passion for storytelling and acting. Contrary to the prevailing narrative that elevates films above television, Khandelwal passionately argued that television holds a unique pedestal in the entertainment landscape.

 

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In Khandelwal’s view, the demanding nature of television production sets it apart from films. He eloquently elucidated the unparalleled effort, honesty, and relentless work schedules that define television projects, asserting, “Television is way more superior than films.” Drawing from his own experiences, Khandelwal highlighted the rigorous work ethic required to sustain a successful television career, a feat that few film actors could replicate. While acknowledging exceptions like the esteemed Ronit Roy, who seamlessly transitioned between television and films, Khandelwal underscored that such cases are rare. He hinted at unnamed senior actors who attempted television but failed to acclimate to its demanding environment, thereby reinforcing his assertion that television acting requires a unique skill set and dedication.

 

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Despite the perceived hierarchy between television and film, Khandelwal emphasized the versatility and resilience of television actors. He contended that television actors possess the adaptability to excel in films, a testament to their multifaceted talents. Embracing the evolving landscape of digital platforms, Khandelwal reiterated his commitment to embracing all mediums and connecting with audiences across diverse platforms.

 

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