‘My criterion to do TV was that I play the lead role’, says Rajesh Sharma

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Rajesh Sharma who garnered much acclaim for his supporting acts over his two-decade-long career.

However, when it comes to television, the actor is in no mood to play second fiddle.

He says, “My criterion to do TV was that I play the lead role. Playing a character role supporting act would be of no value because I am doing that in films anyway.”

That long-running TV shows demand 16 hours a day from actors was a deterrent for Sharma.

Given that his big screen outings have him travel across the globe for a major part of the year, such ventures did not seem feasible.

But Discovery Jeet show ‘Khan No 1’ had a lot to offer. Not only does it see him play the lead role, it is also helmed by filmmaker Rohan Sippy.

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“Unlike the other crime shows on TV, our venture focuses only on conmen. Also, the show’s name is derived from my character. The series carries a social message, which was a plus point for me,” the actor said.

Apart from the fact that it was planned as a finite series, Sharma was also glad that Sippy’s involvement implied it would be shot in filmy style.

Currently, Rajesh Sharma has wrapped up two ventures with Abhay Deol, one of which is titled ‘Naanu Ki Jaanu’, he has another with Govinda in his kitty.–CINEWS

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