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Decided to make an imprint in Hindi cinema again: Ashutosh Rana on comeback

While the actor has been active in the south film industry, he now has seven big Hindi film releases in a span of the next two years.


Actor Ashutosh Rana has completed shooting for four films in the past six months, making a grand comeback of sorts in Hindi cinema. He says it was high time he returned as people had started questioning him about "vanishing" from the industry.

Rana has been working a lot in the southern film industry for the past few years. Now he has seven big Hindi film releases in a span of the next two years. The projects include Dharma Productions' Dhadak, Anubhav Sinha's Mulk, Abhishek Chaubey's Sonchiriya, Tigmanshu Dhulia's Milan Talkies, Rohit Shetty's Simmba, Ismail Darbar's Tigdum and Shekhar Sirrin's Chicken Curry Law.

On working in back-to-back projects, Rana said in a statement to IANS, a news agency, "In a party, I met someone who said that I have vanished from the industry, and it wasn't like that. I have been working in the south industry and a film in Bollywood [Hindi film industry] at regular intervals.

"I guess that comment hit a nerve and I decided to make an imprint here [Hindi cinema] again and I took up the projects. There is lot of work in the south, but I guess it was high time to jump back. So, I completed everything in one shot."

Perhaps he found comfort in southern film projects.

"Directors in the south industry don't typecast you and let you explore as an actor. And along with us, they also think out-of-the-box and are keen on exploring and pushing you beyond the limit. Whereas here, after doing larger than life characters in Sangharsh (1999) and Dushman (1998), people couldn't think of anything else for me," said the actor.