At a time when producers and actors are at loggerheads regarding dates, the case of Ravi Chopra and actor Rohit Roy comes as a surprise. They have formed a mutual admiration society.
Rohit, who has been busy with acting assignments in movies, is also trying his hand at direction. Besides, he has an important role in the television show Viraasat. Rohit, before his current innings in movies, gave ample time and attention to Viraasat.
Now, producer Ravi Chopra is reciprocating his gesture by accommodating his show dates to give Rohit space and time for his films. In fact, the storyline has also been shaped accordingly, giving enough room for Rohit’s movie aspirations.
Rohit is all praise for his producer: “I have 15 days in a month for Viraasat. At times, I shot more than that if they needed me for the show. My producer Raviji is so nice that he always gives me time off to concentrate on my movie career. When I was shooting for Shootout at Lokhandwala, he gave me so much space that I am indebted to him.”
Rohit is now going to act in Sanjay Gupta’s Alibaug. He has just finished his first directorial venture, Rice Plate, starring Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah. Rice Plate is a story based on Hindu-Muslim divide. “From next week onwards, I am going to be busy with editing. I have Alibaug too; but I don’t have a date crunch, thanks to Raviji who is very accommodating,” he adds.
However, Rohit’s portrayal of Rahul Lamba in Viraasat failed to garner good TRPs, despite boasting a good star cast. Viraasat was shifted from Star Plus to Star One, due to poor viewership and to make way for KBC.
Ravi Chopra puts in plain words the professionalism of Rohit Roy. “When Viraasat was going through a rough patch, Rohit gave us the maximum support. It shifted to another channel, but he never left the serial. That speaks highly of his professionalism. Now, he is conquering newer horizons, and we are very happy for him. So we are giving him full support. And adjusting dates is not a big hassle in a daily soap. At the end of the day, we need each other’s co-operation,” Ravi Chopra says.