“If I was just a hero, I wouldn’t have been in this industry for so long” says actor Chetan Hansraj

Chetan Hansraj: “I am not in a rat race at all, so there is no pressure of coming first, second or last. I act for the love of my craft.”

Chetan Hansraj who know is very well known for his bad-boy image on the screen, has turned positive with Mauka-E-Vardaat — Operation Vijay, in which he will be seen as a cop. He says, “I have never played such a character in my career. After playing a villain for so many years, I understand the psyche of a baddie (laughs!). So, it’s nice to be on the other side.”

He adds, “I don’t see any character as positive or negative… I just see it as a character. I love playing negative characters. They bring freedom and constant work. If I was just a hero, I wouldn’t have been in this industry for so long.”

Talking about his journey, he shares, “There have been times when I have wondered what am I doing. Then you realize that you can’t be the center point in all projects. Sometimes, I felt like an extra — a very high-paid one — but I did my best in that, too. There should be no ego. It can be frustrating in the beginning, but you start to take it in your stride eventually.”

He adds, “But I don’t regret a thing. My journey is unique. I am not in a rat race at all, so there is no pressure of coming first, second or last. I act for the love of my craft. Also, an actor is nothing without the technicians and lightmen. We are doing just one job of it. So, it’s wrong if someone thinks highly of himself just because he is allotted a separate vanity and other perks.”

The pandemic was a very tough period for everybody, but Chetan choose to channelize his energies on aiding individuals in need. “I was inspired by a friend of mine, who devoted himself to help those who were suffering because of COVID-19. In the months when everyone was struggling, some of us got together to worked on manufacturing oxygen concentrators and did whatever we could in our capacity. I’m happy about that, it gave me immense satisfaction,” he ends.

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