If you belong to an illustrious Bollywood family then you are a household name, before you know it. But that's so not the case with newcomer Rohan Mehra, who is gearing up to make his debut with Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte and Chitrangda Singh in Baazaar.
Vinod Mehra died due to a heart attack on October 30, 1990
Rohan Mehra, is the proud son of yesteryear actor Vinod Mehra. After his father's death, he along with his mother, sister and grandparents shifted to Mombasa, Kenya. Now, Rohan plans to take the family name ahead with Gauravv K. Chawla's Baazaar, which is slated to release on October 26th, 2019.
Although the actor is very excited about his release, he always intended to stay under the radar. He says that people have started talking about him ever since Baazaar's trailer released. “I feel I am an outsider despite being his son. I don’t think I’ve ever used his name to get an interview or a meeting. Till last year, if I had gone to a Bollywood party, I would’ve walked and no one would know who I am. No one even knew I existed. They came to know when the trailer came out,” he said.
Believing that the Hindi film fraternity welcomes outsiders with open arms, Rohan discussed about his struggles. “Today, there are so many casting agents and production houses doing a wonderful job of backing new talent. I don’t think anyone should feel disheartened that they aren’t from the industry. I am not and I have struggled too,” he adds.
Rohan very specifically mentioned that he has never received any special treatment from anyone in the industry and he has “massive respect for the people”.
“The other so-called star kids we speak about, the ones who are spoken about even before their film has released, I wasn’t one of those. I was never on the map. This is the way I would’ve wanted it to be. I’ve never got anything because of my surname," Rohan says.
While growing up in Kenya, Rohan never really really look at films as a career. He was on his way to become an investment banker after getting degrees in econometrics and mathematics from the UK, till he decided to give acting a shot.
“The place where I grew up, while people around me knew my father was an actor but no one really spoke about it. For them, I was just a normal guy. Genetically may be there is something I have and so I was inclined to acting. But it wasn’t that just because my father is an actor so I wanted to be one,” he adds.
Talking about his upcoming movie, Rohan said, "I don’t know what I would be doing on the Friday when the film comes out. I’m already so impatient and nervous. I feel its all coming true. Now it’s up to the people to decide." Produced by Nikkhil Adavni and directed by Gauravv Chawla, the film releases Friday.