Working with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Manto was like taking acting class for free says Tahir Raj Bhasin

Actor Tahir Raj Bhasin attended a special screening of his upcoming web series ‘Time Out’ on Monday in Mumbai. During media interaction, Tahir said that working in Nawazuddin Siddiqui in ‘Manto’ was like taking acting class for me.

Tahir Raj Bhasin working in Nandita Das’Manto’ along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, talking about film ‘Manto’. Tahir said, “I am working with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in ‘Manto’ where I am playing the good guy. The film’s shoot has been completed and it’s in post-production stage. It will release early next year”

Talking about his working experience with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tahir said, “Working with Nawaz bhai is like taking acting classes for free. He is playing the character of famous writer Manto in the film and I am playing the character of famous star of the 1950s named Shyam Sunder. It’s a period drama, and in the film, we have lot of scenes together and we have different chemistry in the film as my character is trying to be star and his character has already established himself”

Talking about his character in web series ‘Time Out’, Tahir said, “I am playing a very complex character in this series. I feel today’s youth can relate to this character because he is trapped in a relationship where he is not happy.”

“It’s a popular perception that if you study in good college, find a job and do marriage then you will find happiness but it is not the case. Although it’s a conventional romantic love story he deals with issues and crisis moment, that’s what my character is all about”

Talking about the difference in working in web series and films, Tahir said, “In web series, you don’t have censorship and audience gives you immediate feedback. There are stories which you can’t tell in two hours so you need that six episodes to tell that story. I feel doing web stories is a cool thing to do so a lot of actors whether its international actor or actor in India want to do it. Its great time to be an actor at a time when there is multiple mediums are available, where you can do films and at the same time work in web series”

When asked Tahir his experience working with Sara Jane Dias in ‘Time Out’, he said, “When people see you in films like ‘Mardaani’ and ‘Force’, they perceive you as a serious actor so when you work with a beautiful girl then automatically you charm start reflecting onscreen”

The six-episode series, which features Tahir Raj Bhasin and Sarah Jane Dias, is a romantic comedy of the married couple Rahul and Radha who are hit hard and fast on turning two to three unearned.

The series will introduce the audience to a side of urban marriages where the couple has to deal with issues of responsibility – reliability – readiness.

‘Time Out’ is directed by Danish Aslam and its VOOT’s tenth original series which will air on 28 November.