TV actor Mishal Raheja is ready to make a transition from the small to the big screen with ‘Budget Trip’ and hopes his debut film will click with the audience.
The movie has been directed by debutante Chetan Morada, an ad filmmaker, and Mishal, who is best known for playing Dutta Bhau in daily soap ‘Laagi Tujhse Lagan’, says the film should hit theatres in three months.
“I have been shooting my debut feature film for almost last three years. I am very excited about it. Fingers crossed. The shooting is complete… just the dubbing and post production work is left. The film should be ready for release by the next two-three months,” Mishal told PTI.
The film also stars New York-based actress Khatera Hakimi, who has been part of filmmaker Hyder Bilgrami’s romantic thriller ‘Pyar Mein Kyun’. Actor Vijay Raaz plays an important role in the movie.
Mishal started his career in 2005 with MTV show ‘Pyar Vyar and All That’. He then starred in ‘Love Story’, which was produced by Bollywood’s ace director Anurag Basu.
When asked if he would like to work with Basu again, Mishal said, “I would do anything to work in Anurag Basu’s film. After ‘Barfi’… It is up there on top of my wish list.”
The actor will next don the role of a cop in crime series ‘Encounter’ on Sony TV, which traces the lives of larger than life, fictional gangsters.
“This is a very different way of storytelling. Usually we see that such stories are told from a gangsters’ viewpoint. But in ‘Encounter’ the story is told from the point of view of a cop. It is about him, his family, his background. You get to\ do every ting- action, romance,” he said.
Having starred mostly in daily soaps, Mishal, who was last seen on the small screen in a cameo role in ‘Punar Vivah’, said it was a refreshing change for him to work in a
show like ‘Encounter’.
“Working in such series is very exciting because it is very pacy, unlike daily soaps which have 200-300 episodes. The shooting takes place just like a film. I shot for 15 days for the three-day series, so it was not at all time consuming,” the actor said.