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    After playing dark characters, Ashutosh Rana preaches social harmony in Shorgul.

    No matter what role he plays, Ashutosh Rana does full justice to the character. We have seen him play dark and intense roles in movies like Sangharsh and Dushman, a strict protective father in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, and now the character of Chaudhary — a good guy who stands for social harmony and non-violence in the film Shorgul. Directed by Jitendra Tiwari and also starring Jimmy Shergill and Sanjay Suri, the movie recently encountered trouble when a fatwa was issued against Shergill for his ‘anti-community speech’ in the film. Talking about the strong content of the film, Rana says, “This film is based on social harmony, and my role depicts the basic temperament prevelant in the country — that everyone is free to follow any religion and they should respect all other religions.” The 48-year-old iconic villain of Hindi cinema elaborates further that the movie brings out the reasons behind communal clashes and how they are not always motivated by religion. He adds that the movie does  not show any community in a bad light.The actor ­— who also appeared on the small screen for Swabhimaan and Kaali, hosts a show Dharohar on 92.7 BIG FM and has acted in  Tamil features like Vaalu and Meaghamann — signs off with, “I am a performer and I would like to expand myself on any medium. Be it short films, TV, web series or radio, I have never limited myself to any medium.”

    Shorgul releases today.

    — Saloni Sinha

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