Raghu Mukherjee’s presence in a film is rare. That’s because he’s particular that he establishes himself with strong characters. The model-turned-hero, known for his role in Jacob Varghese’s Savari, is back after a paternity break. The role that has caught his fancy is one which will see him in a negative shade.
Raghu will be part of Prajwal Devaraj’s upcoming film, Inspector Vikram directed by Narasimha. Made under Vikyath Production, the film also features Challenging star Darshan in a pivotal role. We hear that Raghu has been ‘secretly’ working on his look, and has grown a moustache to fit the character.
“I had never expected to be offered a role like this. I didn’t think anybody would call me to play a negative character, neither had I thought I would take up something like this,” says Raghu, adding, “Having said that, you can’t call my character in Inspector Vikram a villain. He is one of the strong protagonists who challenges the other character. To make a commercial film work, at least two strong characters are required. I don’t see myself as a conventional villain, which is where this role differs,” explains Raghu.
According to the actor, there is a lot of history to his character. “The makers were clear about the kind of actor they were looking for. One of the reasons I am told I bagged the role, is my deep voice. They wanted this character to have a different feel. Since I come from a modelling background and people have always seen me very differently, they thought I would be able to pull this one off. I have never been a loud and melodramatic actor, but had my own convincing ways, which appealed to the team,” he says.
With Inspector Vikram, the filmmakers are trying to explore a different shade of his. Having seen the rushes, Raghu feels they have done a “pretty good” job. “Even though Vikyath is a producer, he understands direction. Everything fell in place. Otherwise, I would have been skeptical of exploring this character,” he adds.
Raghu’s last film was Dayavittu Gamanisi after which he took a paternity break. Along with Inspector Vikram, he has a couple of other projects lined up for 2019. “This year the scripts I have chosen, are in contrast to what I would have chosen previously. Now, I am up to experiment and push myself beyond
my boundaries,” he says.