Sushmita Sen’s Kashmiri beau Rohman Shawl is set to make a Bollywood debut
“It (his upcoming debut film) is a very beautiful story. It is related to Jammu and Kashmir. I play a Kashmiri, and there’s a lot of Kashmiri that I have spoken in the film. Since I have not been to Kashmir a lot, I have lost touch. It was kind of challenging for me (to speak the language fluently). But I had so much fun. The film has been named, but I don’t want to reveal much right now. It could be released on an OTT platform,” Rohman told The Hindustan Times in an interview.
Rohman’s debut Hindi film is directed by Akhil Abrol, who worked as an assistant director in the 2018 Kajol-starrer, Helicopter Eela. A portion of the film has been shot in Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir, Rohman said.
Rohman has another project that is in the post-production stage – My Father’s Doctor, directed by Danish Renzu. “It is a short film. I have a small role in that. It is probably going to go to some film festivals before being released on OTT.” Rohman is hopeful that both his acting projects will be released this year.
He may be playing a Kashmiri in his debut film, but Rohman knows what kind of roles he wants to essay in the future. “One thing I know is that romance is my safe space. I know I can do that. I would love to do a beautiful romantic story. But something that would be challenging for me would be a comedy, which I really want to do. And I want to play an athlete or do anything related to sports. I know I can be kickass in that,” he said.
Rohman spoke about ‘playing every sport except basketball’ and gushed about his father, who played cricket professionally. “If I was not into acting, I would be a cricketer for sure; but I had a back injury in class 12. My father played in the Ranji Trophy (domestic first-class cricket championship) in his time. He played with Kapil Dev once. He was an all-rounder and a fast bowler. I have heard a lot of stories about him being very quick,” he said.Rohman admitted to being offered Kangana Ranaut-hosted Lock Upp and said other reality shows also ‘keep coming his way, but he was ‘not in that zone right now’. Rohman said, “I want to give my acting career a chance first. If this doesn’t happen, then I will go to reality shows. I have nothing against reality shows, but right now I am not really looking into it. Acting nahi chali phir mein reality shows ke bare mein sochunga (if acting does not work out, then I will think about reality shows).