Embark on a cinematic adventure with Tahir Raj Bhasin, a versatile force in the realm of Indian cinema! Hailing from Delhi, Tahir's journey from Air Force bases to the Barry John Acting School shaped his destiny. Armed with degrees in political science and media, he's not just an actor but a storyteller with a flair for dance and martial arts.
From the intense "Mardaani" to the light-hearted "Chhichhore", Tahir spills the beans on his fitness routines, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and the mentors who moulded his career. This exclusive interview unveils the secrets behind his growth, the impact of blockbuster films, and his aspirations to collaborate with Bollywood's finest directors.
Whether you're a devoted fan or a newcomer to Tahir Raj Bhasin's world, this interview is your backstage pass to the pulsating universe of a true Bollywood artist. Get ready for an exhilarating journey through the lens of a captivating storyteller!
The Man of the Hour
Meet Tahir Raj Bhasin, Bollywood's charismatic dynamo born on April 21, 1987, in Delhi. Armed with a master's degree from the University of Melbourne, Tahir kicked off his acting journey with a brief stint in Kismat Love Paisa Dilli.
From his acclaimed debut in Mardaani to the antagonist in Force 2, Tahir's versatility shines. Chhichhore's success in 2019 affirmed his acting prowess. In 2021, he played Sunil Gavaskar in 83, adding another feather to his cap.
2022 marked his romantic lead transition in Ranjish Hi Sahi, Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein, and the Netflix hit Looop Lapeta, soaring to the top of charts. Off-screen, Tahir's philanthropy and influence earned him the 20th spot in GQ India's "30 most influential young Indians" list.
Tahir Raj Bhasin, not just an actor but a revelation, continues to captivate audiences with his craft and charisma, leaving an indelible mark on Bollywood.
How do you perceive your growth as an actor in the Hindi film industry?
I believe I've been very blessed, from "Mardaani" to "Chhichhore," earning the trust of stalwart directors like the late Pradeep Sarkar, Nitesh Tiwari, Kabir Khan, and more recently, Milan Luthria. Working with experienced and exceptional directors brings out the best in an actor. From playing the anti-hero in "Mardaani" to recent lead roles in a romantic thriller like "Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein," a comedy like "Looop Lapeta," or an action-driven role like "Sultan of Delhi," gaining the audience's trust and having producers take chances with scripts has been the most rewarding part of my growth. Taking on roles outside my comfort zone and having the confidence to portray them has been the key to my significant development. The ultimate payoff is the love from the audience and the appreciation from both the industry and producers.
In your journey so far, what has been the most rewarding aspect of being an actor?
The most rewarding aspect of being in this industry is when someone stops me on the street, in a mall, or at the airport with a big smile on their face. It's not just about taking a photograph; they want to engage in a conversation about something they saw, discussing its impact on them. It's a moment where I realise I've touched someone's life, influencing or entertaining them briefly. This continuous ability to connect with people, even in places I've never been before, never ceases to amaze me.
Your roles in films like "Mardaani" and "Force 2" required a certain level of physical fitness. Can you share insights into your fitness routine and how you prepare for physically demanding roles?
Films like "Mardaani" or "Force 2" demand physicality as an integral part of the character. Training not only focuses on looking the part but also immerses me into the character's mindset. Whether it's building muscle mass or achieving a lean physique, the approach varies. Adjusting carb intake, managing cardio, and adopting a tailored workout routine are crucial. Monitoring macros, micros, and proper hydration play significant roles. Engaging in physically demanding roles not only enhances mental fitness but also aligns with preparing for the character.
From intense dramas like "Mardaani" to more lighthearted films like "Chhichhore," how do you balance your approach to different genres?
Different genres demand diverse preparation approaches. For a psychological role like "Mardaani," understanding the character's world and motivations is crucial. In contrast, "Chhichhore" required a lighter touch, considering its college setting. Each role presents unique challenges, whether it's the physicality of a sports character or navigating age jumps within a storyline. Balancing these diverse roles challenges me to push beyond my comfort zone, and the audience's appreciation is the ultimate reward.
"Chhichhore" received both critical acclaim and commercial success. How do you think the film has impacted your career and the industry's perception of you?
"Chhichhore" marked a turning point in my career by showcasing a different aspect of my acting talent. It allowed the audience, studios, and producers to see me in a college stud role, displaying vulnerability, emotions, and athleticism. The success of "Chhichhore" paved the way for subsequent roles like Satya in "Looop Lapeta" and Vikrant in "Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein," both critically acclaimed and well-received by the audience.
You hold a master's degree in media from the University of Melbourne. How has your educational background influenced your career choices in the film industry?
Education is never wasted. My master's in media from the University of Melbourne provided insights into film history, philosophy, and screenwriting. It taught me to approach the media objectively. Studying overseas also helped me introspect and shaped me as a person. Analysing scenes, discussing scripts with directors or writers, and offering input are skills I gained from my education, fostering collaborative on-set experiences.
Do you think awards are essential for an actor's career, or do you prioritise the audience's response over accolades?
Awards offer recognition within the industry but aren't a prerequisite for choosing projects. I never select a role with the expectation of awards. The primary focus is on projects that excite and challenge me. Awards, while validating, are not the driving force behind an actor's choices; it's the audience's response that holds greater significance.
Among the actors you've worked with so far, who has been your favourite co-star, and why?
I can't omit Rani Mukerji, who was incredibly generous on the sets of "Mardaani." Her patience, guidance, and lessons on focus and concentration left a lasting impact. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, from "Manto," displayed dedication and humility both on and off set. Working with John Abraham in "Force 2" taught me the importance of physical fitness and discipline in diet and training.
Is there a director or actor in the industry you aspire to work with, someone who has inspired your craft?
Directors like Zoya Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Abhishek Chaubey, and Siddharth Anand stand out for their unique storytelling styles. Their ability to break the clutter and create memorable cinema is inspiring, and I aspire to collaborate with them.
Can you share any details about your upcoming projects or films that you are currently working on?
I'm eagerly looking forward to season two of "Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein" on Netflix. The challenging role of a lover boy pushed against all odds, facing the darkest sides of his personality, promises an exciting journey. Season one's success and the anticipation for season two from fans worldwide make it a project I'm eager to bring to the audience.
Tea or Coffee?
Dark roast Coffee
Morning person or Night owl?
Pizza or Burgers?
Books or Movies?
City life or Countryside?
Summer or Winter?
Dogs or Cats?
Comedy or Drama?
Sneakers or Sandals?
Describe your ideal day off in three words.
Coffee, Movies, Friends.
Early morning workout or Late-night gym session?
One Bollywood classic you wish you were a part of?
Deewar or the OG Don!
Is there a genre you find more challenging or enjoyable?
Quick! A cheat meal you can't resist, no matter how strict your diet is?
If your life were a movie, what would be the title, and who would play you in the biopic?
It would be titled: A ride to remember. Since we’re wishing for a cast! Andrew Garfield or Timothée Chalamet. They will need to audition haha
Shirtless scenes or intense monologues – which one do you enjoy performing more on-screen?
If you could choose any historical or fictional character to portray in a film, who would it be, and why?
Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian astronaut in space.
If you had to choose a co-star for a romantic comedy, would it be Deepika Padukone or Alia Bhatt, and why?
What's the most challenging stunt or action sequence you've done, and did you have any "oh-my-god-I-can't-believe-I'm-doing-this" moments?
A shoot-out scene in Sultan of Delhi where we’re in a desert shooting assault rifles. An intimate kiss scene in Looop Lapeta, which was shot on a bed that is suspended 15 ft by a crane.
In a cinematic universe constantly evolving, Tahir Raj Bhasin stands at its crossroads, embracing the diversity of roles and genres. With an inspiring journey that blends education, discipline, and a passion for storytelling, Tahir continues to captivate audiences with each performance. As he readies himself for the upcoming ventures, the actor's infectious energy and commitment to his craft shine through, promising a tapestry of stories yet to be unfolded.