You have known him as the bad guy of the Indian film industry playing both major
and minor roles with full force and impact. He made a mark in the Indian
television industry with his character, ‘Kalavati’ in Ek Boond Ishq. Unafraid of
doing roles of any kind, and exhibiting each character with an impression on the
audience, Vishwajeet Pradhan, the versatile actor, spoke to Indus Age. The actor
has moved to Australia with his beautiful wife, Sonalika Pradhan who has made an
imprint in the fashion industry with her exclusive designs and fashionable clothing
sense. While designer, Sonalika is busy promoting her upcoming Australian
fashion show and exhibition, VITAMIN’s Ozvaganza to be held on 24th and 25th of
October, 2015, we caught up with Vishwajeet for a conversation where he talked
about his wife’s ‘VITAMIN by Sonalika Pradhan’, actress Raveena Tandon as the
special guest at Ozvaganza, his journey in the film industry, his prospects of acting
in Australian films, and a lot more. Excerpts:
You have been associated with the film industry for a very long time now.
Your roles or characters, no matter how small or major, have always been
impactful. What would you like to say on that?
Yes. I have been very fortunate to be a part of the Indian film Industry for the past
25 years. The first role on television was with Shahrukh Khan in,’fauji’…… & in
films of course, I could not have asked for a better launch pad than the evergreen
showman Feroz Khan’s Yalgaar opposite Sanjay Dutt. Approximately 200 films in
25 years, with topmost directors, actors, producers, worked with almost everybody.
It’s been a wonderful journey.. enriching, educational & fulfilling.
We have seen you play, characters, that are villainous or antagonistic in
nature. Your comments on that?
Without Ravan ..the value of Bhagwan Ram would be lost on people. Without
chillies…laal mirchi ..paani puri or chaat won’t exist !So is the villain. Some very
major roles in hit films…some not so big..some got edited..some were miniscule
but crucial turning points in the story. As a villain I got paid to do murders,
kidnappings, took bribes as a corrupt cop or a politician. Where else in life can you
do all this and receive praise/claps/awards in the end. In one life I have lived many
Now that you’ve shifted to Australia, are we going to see you act in films from
the Australian film industry?
Yes definitely. Though the scope is much smaller here but the potential is
immense. The combination of local talent, great locations, facilities along with
bollywood expertise can do wonders. At the same time I can experiment with
English theatre and films.
Your business venture ‘VITAMIN’, with your beautiful wife; Sonalika
Pradhan, is coming up with a fashion show, ‘Ozvaganza’. Tell us something
Sonalika has been busy designing for her luxury clothing brand “VITAMIN by
Sonalika Pradhan” & orchestrating events all over. Ozvaganza is an offshoot of our
travels in Melbourne. Wherever we went shopping the material/dresses available
were extremely disappointing. There’s a large expatriate population here that
deserves better quality clothes for its hard earned dollars. More bang for its money.
At the same time the local people also need to see the colours of the subcontinent,
realise the great strides our celebrity designers have taken in utilising India’s
cultural heritage in decking up the modern woman. Ozvaganza is bringing together
some of the best not just from India..but Pakistan, Dubai, South Africa & Australia
for the fashion show on 24th October & the exhibition on 25th October.
With a fashion designer at home, do you feel you have an edge over others, to
look more fashionable and trendy?
It definitely is but for me comfort is more important than style. I prefer to keep
things simple. But yes for simplicity also you require taste and there she definitely
Talking about VITAMIN’s ‘Ozvaganza’, one of the most stylish and gorgeous
looking film celebrities, Mrs. Raveen Tandon will be a special guest at the
show. What do you have to say on that?
Raveena is one of the highly successful, popular and trendsetting heroines of
Bollywood who opted to retire at the peak of her career. She had the foresight and
courage to give priority to life now…live now and not postpone living for the sake
of a stretched out film career. With her style, grace and popularity Raveena is the
perfect face of Ozvaganza 2015.
What are your other upcoming projects?
Since the past four years I have been busier on television. Earlier playing
Bramhanand Jakhar in Star Plus’ Maryaada & till sometime back in Life OK’s Ek
Boond Ishq, where I played Kalavati….a very controversial as well as a popular
character of a kinnar who had to live, for the sake of society as politician Rudra
Pratap. Also my forthcoming films include, 1 13 7(Ek Tera sath), My Friend
Ganesha part 4, Aasma.