Paresh Rawal on why he didn’t launch son Aditya: ‘I don’t have that much money’

Actor Paresh Rawal has been entertaining audiences for over four decades. He started his career with the Gujarati film Naseeb Ni Balihari (1982), starred in the Hindi film Holi in 1984 and has been unstoppable ever since. He managed to win his way into the hearts of his audience by playing the entire spectrum of characters. In his career so far he has played villains and comedians, fathers and sons. In Toofan of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, he plays the coach of Farhan Akhtar.

The actor’s son, Aditya Rawal, also recently made his debut in the film industry with Bamfaad. His debut wasn’t great though, something people have come to associate with starkids. In fact, it wasn’t until around the film’s release that people realized he was the son of Paresh and Swaroop Sampat. Recently, Paresh Rawal sat down to chat with indianexpress.com about his upcoming movies, his son and the kind of cinema that fascinates him.

“I didn’t launch him as my son because I don’t have that kind of money. To launch my son you need a big machine”, he replied, expressing that he is proud that “his work earns him work” without any recommendations.

“But isn’t this good?” Paresh questioned us and continued: “Through his own effort he was noticed. People loved his work in Bamfaad. And now he is working with Hansal Mehta. I mean, he’s working with a director like him. His work therefore earns him work. He doesn’t need his father’s recommendation.” Aditya has recently shot for Hansal Mehta directing. The film, produced by Anubhav Sinha, will also launch Shashi Kapoor’s grandson, Zahan Kapoor.

When asked if he had given any kind of lessons or instructions to Aditya before entering Bollywood, Paresh said, “Before my son became an actor, he was a writer.” Aditya co-wrote Panipat, a magnum opus film directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, which was released in 2019. “He went to NYU to study scriptwriting and playwriting. As for acting, he trained for 6 to 8 months at the London International School of Performing Arts in London,” the 71-year-old said.

About how he guided him, Paresh said that he just wished Aditya all the luck and gave him the motivation to do the best. “I know how much discipline, focus and dedication he works with. So I didn’t teach him any lessons. I also think we should let them find their own way with this generation. We don’t have to accompany them. They are smart and honest. This generation doesn’t need your advice. So only give them direction if they ask for it. All they need is your support,” concluded the Hera Pheri actor.

On the work front, Paresh Rawal has Toofaan, Hungama 2 and other projects up for release. While Toofaan is all set to hit Amazon Prime Video on July 16, Hungama 2 heads to Disney+Hotstar on July 23.

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