Pawan Malhotra is a great actor. He has been the hero of National Film Award winning films Buddhadeb Das Gupta’s ‘Bagh Bahadur’ and Saeed Mirza’s ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’. He is a well-known name of theatre. Those who came to Mumbai once on the invitation of friends, then stayed here. Pawan never shied away from any work to run the house. Whatever work he got, he used to do it considering it as worship. Delhi-born Pawan turned 64 on Saturday. He had a special conversation with ‘Amar Ujala’ on the eve of his birthday. Let us know about his journey so far…
Starting with Dressman
It was a matter of those days when Pawan Malhotra was doing theater in Delhi. Pawan says, ‘Some of my friends from Delhi were living in Mumbai. Was repeatedly telling me to come to Mumbai and try for films. I used to wonder why would anyone give me work in films. When he came to Mumbai, Kundan Shah was making a film ‘Jaane De Bhi Yaaro’. In those days there used to be a group of Kundan Shah and Vinod Chopra, all used to help each other in shooting. Vinod Chopra became the line producer for Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. I had earlier worked as a dressman in the film ‘Gandhi’ in Delhi. I became a production assistant in this film. After this, he was also the production manager in Saeed Mirza’s film ‘Mohan Joshi Hagar Ho’ and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Khamosh’. Prior to this, he was also an assistant director in Kundan Shah’s serial ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’.
Got the first break in the serial ‘Nukkad’
There was a lot of discussion about ‘Nukkad’ serial in those days. In this serial, Pawan Malhotra played the character of Hari Maurya, who runs a cycle repair shop. Pawan Malhotra explains about his first break, ‘This character was earlier played by another actor who left the show due to poor role. Meanwhile, the production watcher of the show met with an accident, so I was called for production. But Kundan Shah and Saeed Mirza gave me that role. After that I also entered the tenth episode of ‘Circus’.
When I got the role of Naseer
The year 1989 was very special for actor Pawan Malhotra. Two of his films were released this year, Saeed Mirza’s Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro and Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Bagh Bahadur. Pawan Malhotra’s work in these films was highly praised. Both the films also received National Film Awards. Pawan Malhotra says, ‘The story of the film ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’ was written keeping in mind Naseeruddin Shah, but this film could not be made with him, so I got the character designed for him.’
acquaintance does not mean friendship
Few people would know that actor Pawan Malhotra and superstar Shah Rukh Khan belong to the same locality Rajendra Nagar in Delhi. Both worked together in the serial ‘Circus’. Then Pawan also got a chance to work with Shahrukh in the films ‘Pardes’ and ‘Don’. Pawan Malhotra says, ‘Never met Shahrukh Khan in Delhi, he first met him in Mumbai during the shooting of ‘Circus’. Later worked with him in ‘Pardes’ and ‘Don’. We only know them. Being in the same locality and working together does not mean that we become friends here.