First of Many: Harsh Chhaya revisits Khali Haath


How many retakes did you take? I did exactly what he did in the film. I was doing a lot of amateur theatre at that time. I had worked for three-four years behind the camera. 6. I went to the Blind Relief Association in Delhi. I just met him. How was the rapport with them when you got to meet or work with them again later? People had seen me before I went to their office. We began shooting post this stint. So how did Harsh land this role and what was the show about? Directed by Khalid Sultan, it also starred Madan Jain, SM Zaheer and Vinita Malik. It was a 13-episode show. I looked up to them as actors. It is not that hard to understand. I could tell people in Bombay that I have already worked in something that has already been telecast. For me, it was not really a big deal. I met Madan when I came to Bombay. And who were your co-stars? He sat and spoke with me for half an hour. Before that inspiration came from Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. No, nothing of that sort as I wasn’t new to acting. 2. My basic training is behind the camera. I didn’t audition for it. I never wanted to be a full-time actor because I never connected to the dance and action. I suppose one of the blind school’s staff members figured it out and scolded me for misbehaving. Harsh Chhaya revealed that he played a blind school teacher in this show that was telecast on Doordarshan. I was quite comfortable and I didn’t have any issue. What do you remember of your first day on set? Here’s what Harsh Chhaya shared:
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Harsh Chhaya in a still from Khali Haath. If given a chance to go back to your debut role, what’s that one thing you’d like to change or do better? I didn’t try to experiment. I never thought of becoming a hero. I got this role after that movie released. There I learned how blind people are trained and some basic stuff. How did the project Khali Haath come to you? 3. Rapport with them was great. The very first project I did was in Delhi. Except that while we were not shooting or between shots, I was fooling around by being blind. We were shooting in the blind school itself and I was reprimanded for trying to act funny within the blind school. I had worked a lot with Vinod Verma too. Then suddenly there was a phase where you saw these actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Neena Gupta, Pankaj Kapur and others. 0
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While many believe that the first screen appearance of Chhaya was in Pallavi Joshi’s TV show Aarohan, the actor revealed to us that it was actually a show called Khali Haath (1991). I had done quite a few plays with Faisal Alkazi in Delhi. I guess the director got feedback about me from other people. I met him a couple of times. It was the excitement of a young actor playing a blind character. This was the part that got me work when I came to Bombay. At that time Naseeruddin Shah’s film Sparsh had released and he was playing a blind teacher in it. Were you nervous? This show was called Khali Haath. I had been performing on stage for four or five years before that. It is such an old thing that I vaguely remember what I did in that show. Popular Photos

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4. In fact, Madan was from Bombay and he came to Delhi to shoot for that series. It was a good part. I wanted to check whether people can figure out that I am an actor. There was Madan Jain. Also Read | First of Many: Gajraj Rao | Vivek Oberoi | Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub | Rajpal Yadav | Rajeev Khandelwal | Govind Namdev | Neena Gupta | Pankaj Tripathi | Satish Kaushik | Mohit Raina | Shahid Kapoor | Anang Desai | Jimmy Sheirgill | Tabu 

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I did a complete copy paste work for my role in Khali Haath. Then there was Alok Nath’s sister Vinita Malik. In fact, I had watched Sparsh four-five times and I did exactly what Naseer sahab did in the film. In fact, he is the guy who told me that if you like the role, then it is yours. I knew the whole business of television before I came in front of the camera. There was no such nervousness. The acting bug bit me after watching actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. I was doing this while I was in college. That’s when I decided that yes if this option is available then I want to be an actor. After it was telecast, I haven’t seen it and you can’t seem to find it easily on YouTube either. I had a very different experience. Surprisingly, for me there was no audition. The director explained the role to me and I got the part. At that point of time, I was living in Delhi. Advertising

I had to play a blind teacher. One film or role that inspired you to become an actor? Since, I wanted to be an actor, I shifted to front of the camera. That I don’t know because I haven’t seen it in a really long time. 5.