City boy on centrestage - Rajeev to perform at Ranchi Club today

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  • Published 26.12.09

Ranchi, Dec. 25: The modelling bug bit him when in his teens but after a session at acting school, Rajeev Kathpalia landed in Mumbai starry-eyed.

The 23-year-old Ranchi youth will stage his acting talents for the first time before the people of his hometown tomorrow. Standing tall at 5’10”, Rajeev will stage a one-hour monologue called Aaina based on hypocrisy at Ranchi Club.

Written, directed and acted by Rajeev, the show will focus on those people who lead a double-standard life. “After four years experience in theatres, I was looking for a chance to stage a show in my hometown,” he said.

The city-born budding talent has learned nuances of acting skills at Anupam Kher’s acting school and has many plays like Maut ke Saaye Mein, No Exit, Bechara Mara Gaya and 70 mm (with Anupam Kher) to his credit.

“Initially I used to travel to Calcutta for modelling assignments. Then I shifted to Bangalore in 2008 where I won the Mr Modelhunt title. It opened a lot of doors and then dabbled into theatres. I enrolled at Anupam Kher’s acting school for six months this year,” he said.

He did his schooling from St Xavier’s and Guru Nanak School in Ranchi and completed his Plus Two from DAV Public School, Hehal.

Rajeev had also participated in the local modelling shows before leaving for Bangalore. But now he has set his eyes on few roles in serials and Bollywood.

On his future plan, Rajiv said he was planning to open an acting school here for those who dreams of making it big in Mumbai.

“While doing Bechara Mara Gaya , I got a chance to work with Kannada actress Arundhati Nag who played Vidya Balan’s mother in the film Paa. She helped me to become a better actor today and am thankful to her,” he said.