The hibernation is over. Ravi Behl, who became a household name nine years ago, courtesy his reality talent show Boogie Woogie, is returning to his “first love, acting”. “ It feels like I am back home,” starts off the actor, who will be seen playing the character of Jaiveer Singh in the Disney+ Hotstar series, The Night Manager. The actor says that his return to the screen with the Hindi adaptation of the popular British series of the same name was by chance, not design. “The credit for my return goes to the lockdown. After Boogie Woogie, I didn’t do anything. During the two years of lockdown, I [decided to] take up my first love, acting,” says Behl, who then reached out to his friends in casting, which led him to the Aditya Roy Kapur, Anil Kapoor, and Sobhita Dhulipala starrer.
Behl shares he was excited to be a part of Sandeep Modi’s adaptation, since he has been an avid viewer of the original series. “Sandeep and I sat for over two hours [discussing the character]. I wanted to understand his vision for Jaiveer Singh, so I purposely didn’t revisit the show,” says the actor, adding that he wanted to give his own spin to the character without being influenced by the original.
In his second innings, Behl aims to pick quality over quantity and is in no rush to take up everything that comes his way. “I have worked too hard in my life to be insecure about anything. [I have] seen the highs and lows; the waves continue. I am calmer now, more chilled out and in a better zone,” he says. Behl also hints at the revival of the iconic dance reality show, Boogie Woogie. “We guys are still there and are very relevant. You never know what the future holds and if it happens, it will be beautiful. Whether it happens on TV or OTT, that’s a [question for a] later stage.”
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