Raavan Leela, your Bollywood debut, is this a sequel of sorts to Sanjay Bhansali’s Ram Leela?
(Laughs) No no. No relation. Raavan Leela, directed by Hardik Gajjar is officially my debut as a leading man, the central protagonist in Bollywood. Hence very special. It was also an unforgettable experience for a very personal reason which I’d like to share with you.
Apart from being my first Hindi film where I played the hero, two life-changing things happened during the film’s shooting. One was the call I received from Hansal Mehta when I was shooting in Bhuj for Raavan Leela. Hansal Sir told me, ‘We’re planning a series on the life of Harshad Mehta. When are you in Mumbai next?’ The other phone call (Pratik’s voice drops) was from my…