I have always said this and I still stand by it that Tahir Raj Bhasin adds a unique charm to all his characters. That charm is what always makes me fall in love with him a little bit more every time. As an admirer of his work, I really enjoyed how the actor ended 2021 with an impressive performance as Sunil Gavaskar in ’83, but the way he has begun 2022 is all the more exciting. He has had two OTT releases simultaneously with Ranjish Hi Sahi and Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen, and to add to that, he also unveiled the amazing trailer of Looop Lapeta with Taapsee Pannu yesterday.
Even though he is getting diverse characters today, Tahir started off as an antagonist in Mardaani and Force 2. And the success of these projects made him a bit anxious. Tahir feared being typecast by the industry that stereotypes actors rather quickly. He doubted if the industry would ever offer him a romantic lead, a genre that he loves.
“When I started my career with negative roles and they became immensely talked about, I used to wonder if people will ever see me as a hero in romantic films. I wanted to have cool romantic projects in my filmography that are complex, unique and layered. I think I prayed hard for those days because, coincidentally, now I have three back to back romantic films and each one of them are extremely different from each other.”
Talking about the projects, Tahir adds,
“In two of the projects—Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen and Ranjish Hi Sahi—my character is in a love triangle! When these projects came to me, I could only say to myself ‘be careful what you wish for’ because I think I manifested these romantic films. I think the powers above wanted me to feel satiated by doing powerful and novel romantic projects and I honestly can’t complain. This is who I wanted to be growing up, a quintessential romantic film hero on the screen.”
Tahir has been paired opposite Shweta Tripathi and Aanchal Singh in Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen and in Ranjish Hi Sahi, he is seen with Amala Paul and Amrita Puri. Whereas in Looop Lapeta, he will be romancing Taapsee. If this isn’t the power of manifestation, then I don’t know what is. I have loved Tahir even as a villain, so I can just imagine how much I will fall for him in these romantic avatars, and I just can’t wait to find out.