Glad that I didn't let down people: Rajeev Khandelwal
'Table No 21' has opened to some good critical response at the beginning of the New Year and the film's lead star Rajeev Khandelwal is happy that in a role that carries grey shades, he has managed to surprise the audience.
"I had said that I would be able to surprise, if not shock audience. The film was meant to be about performances and the thrill element while being an edge of seat drama.
"My character is not one dimensional. It isn't linear or monotonous, it is a lot more. I am glad that I didn't let people down," Rajeev told PTI.
The 37-year-old actor was last seen in a forgettable affair called 'Will You Marry Me', directed by the same young director, Aditya Datt, who has now delivered a quality product in 'Table No 21'.
"For people who were looking for great content and performances, this film always had a lot to offer. The whole character graph was so complicated that I had to work really hard. To be honest, there were times when I was not getting the pitch and the mood right.
"It becomes all the more difficult when you work with someone like Paresh or even Tena who is so tough on herself before she gets that perfect shot. I had to make sure that I could stand up and do justice to a scene," said Rajeev.
The actor, who let go of his successful TV career to pursue Bollywood, is happy with the feedback the film is getting.
"We are getting amazing feedback and I am very happy. This is what I expected. I am generally very critical about my own work but here Aditya has got everything correct.
"He also made sure that the trailer was not misleading. Otherwise you see so many times people put their best shots in those two minutes. In case of 'Table No. 21', 80 per cent of the film is not even there in the promo; it is discovered once you watch the film."
"I am very happy because for audience there are so many surprises in store. We are not challenging their intelligence," he added. PTI