British actor Kiran Rai is headed to Bollywood. He will be seen in “Marriage Online” alongside Rajpal Yadav. The film, was planning to go on schedule in November, has been delayed due to changing different finances and producers.
However, Rai is confident of continuing his dreams, in both Mumbai and Los Angeles.
The 27-year-old says heading towards Bollywood is a chance but he always has back up plans. Rai has been backed by British YouTuber Saj Vlogs who is the backing force of Rai heading to Mumbai and pursuing his dreams while mentoring him to succeed and gave him the funding to finance his trips.
“I wanted Kiran to succeed reason and that’s why I gave him the money to pursue his dreams,” Vlogs says. “We all spend money on silly things but the money I gave to him was worth every penny.”
Rai rose to fame after securing a lead role in a Sri Lankan film, even though he did not speak the language it was being filmed in. But when the Nottingham-based actor turned up in Sri Lanka for filming, the producers told him his Sinhalese was not good enough and ordered him to fly home.
When he got back to Britain, he decided took matters into his own hands by fundraising for his own project.”People were lobbing money at him and I was very surprised by that,” He told MailOnline. “It was amazing how much money someone can raise in a month.”
Rai has hosted over 100 events from 34 major sports, 15 film festivals and 60 showbiz events including being editorial graced in 700 newspapers and 100 fashion magazines and editor in chief of Vogue US Dame Anna Wintour and invited to meet Prince Richard ( Duke of Gloucester) from the British Royal family.
He has just finished his world tour completing 42 countries promoting the latest technology brand “Social Box ,” and discuss his involvement in Bollywood and how he is rubbing shoulders with the world leaders including the presidents, prime ministers, politicians and celebrities.
He was honored with the ‘International Artist of the Year’ awards at the the IFA awards in Mumbai last year and was also given an award All India Radio for his contributions to arts and entertainment.
In an exclusive interview with India Abroad, Rai discussed his career, his future plans and how he plans to straddle his career in the UK as well as Bollywood and Hollywood.
Q: As a British actor, you’ll be stepping into Bollywood with “Marriage Online,” how did this opportunity come about?
I went to India but didn’t have the money since working as an actor, the money is very tight but asked my friend Saj to sponsor me to travel to India and my idea was to bang on all the doors until someone took me on. I stayed out in India everyday in Mumbai and networked with lots of people and met many producers and directors along the way and eventually met Salim Khan who gave me the chance of a lifetime. It sounds like it was easy but it was a difficult time, by giving myself a three-month time limit.
Q: What kind of work have you done prior to taking up this project?
I have been very lucky to be able to be part of this great career and pursue the world of presenting and acting, I have successfully hosted more than 102 major events including 32 grand sports and 55 showbiz shows including performing in the West End and Broadway in New York City. The weird thing is – I have never made a single penny because for the past eight years I have been offering my services for free since I was so passionate about building up my CV. Even in this film I haven’t made a single penny but as a businessman, I am building up my profile to the height where I can earn thousands of pounds.
Q: Tell us more about your character in ‘Marriage Online’?
My character is a very jealous and aggressive man who doesn’t appreciate his sister dating someone over the net. There’s a lot of aggression and anger in my character.
Q: Where will the film be shot? Tell us a bit about the locations?
The film will primarily shot in Mumbai and Delhi.
Q: What are your future plans? More work in Bollywood?
No I have decided to take Saj Vlogs advice and stick to the world of arts and entertainment in UK. I am British and this is where I belong but I felt this film was right for me. I am very pleased with how it’s going
Q: And what about Hollywood?
Yes if Bollywood doesn't work out for me, I will branch into the world of arts and entertainment and I have already booked up and ready to head to Los Angeles on Jan. 6, 2020.
Q: Who do you owe your success too?
My family, without my family and my mother and father, I wouldn't be able to afford such trips but I am very grateful.