Ravi Bhatia, who was last seen in Ekta Kapoor’s historical saga ‘Jodha Akbar‘ as a prince Salim has an enormous fan following in Indonesia. After staying there for almost two years, the actor now to back to Aamchi Mumbai.
When quizzed is it the diminishing ratings of shows featuring Indian TV actors in Indonesia, that prompted the move. However, refuting the buzz, Ravi says,
“I don’t think the popularity of Indian TV actors is diminishing. In fact, it’s growing rapidly with each passing day. I came back because I wanted to do a show in India. I was missing my family, especially my Maa, who would keep asking, ‘Beta tu kab yahan ke TV pe aayega?’ I am still getting offers from other Indonesian channels, who are ready to pay hefty amount. But as of now, I want to do a nice show here in India.”
The actor made his debut on Indonesian small screen with the second season of popular drama ‘Cinta Di Langit Taj Mahal‘, after that he did several shows like Roro Jonggrang, Gara Gara Duyung and Sambhalado. Talking about his experience in Indonesia, Ravi said,
“The experience was completely different then what we do here in India, career wise I had the best time in Indonesia. I met new people, learned a new language ‘Bhasha Indonesia‘. While shooting and promotions, I visited almost every city of Indonesia and realized it’s a great country to visit and live. Fans over there have immense respect and love for Indian actors. Initially, my plan and contract was for just 3 months as Indonesia was a new word for the actors here. But thankfully things went great for me and I spent almost 2 years. And these 2 years changed my entire life as a person and as well as an actor. If I sum up my experience in Indonesia in one word, then it would be ‘marvelous’.”
Bhatia had recorded a trilingual music single along with Indonesian singing sensation Adila Fitri and won lots of accolades. Now, as he is back in India, what kind of roles is he looking forward to?
“I want to do something challenging and performance oriented roles, be it in any genre. Let’s see, what comes my way. As of now I am pretty excited as I need to embark a new journey on Indian television and nervous because I need to begin my career once again from scratch, but this time with a whole lot of experience,”