Though he had tasted some success in the industry as a child artist, but he also knew that no child artist grows up to be a superstar. He had witnessed how the blessing of child artists (their cute looks, innocent smiles) turned into curse when they grow up. So, how would he change his inevitable fate?
The only hope he had was from “Chandra Nandini.” He was ready to give whatever it takes; time, dedication or endless effort, but how could he overcome the biggest hurdle in his way? His child like voice!
Since Dharti Ka Veer Yodha Prithviraj Chauhan, Rajat tokas became the centre of attention, because not only Rajat was convincing as the king of the Chauhan dynasty. His on-screen persona was terrific. No wonder people wanted to see more of him on television.
And he continued to grab eyeballs with his character of Veer in Dharam Veer. His success was no surprise as he looked like a prince. Certainly It was not only his looks, he did good work as well.
But his child artist image started to affect his life when he played the role of Akbar in Jodha Akbar. Although the show became a huge success, and his on-screen chemistry with lead actress, Paridhi Sharma (Jodha, Akbar’s wife) was appreciated by all. And the show certainly couldn’t be imagined without him. But it can’t be denied that his child artist image influenced how people looked at him, specially his child-like voice.
And as Shailesh Kapoor, CEO, Ormax Media, once said that the success ratio of child actors growing up to play lead roles is as low as 2 to 5 percent. “There is no superstar who started out as a child artist. Urmila Matondkar, Aftab Shivdasani and Hansika Motwani are a few names who managed to get work as grown ups. The physical demands from a child artiste and a grown-up actor are very different. The former requires one to be cute, while the latter requires good looks, style and personality. This explains the low success rate.”
When asked for his preparation, Rajat said “I prepared for it in two ways; physically and psychologically. The physical aspect of preparation was far simpler than the psychological one. I trained with experts for specific scenes that required me, for instance, to ride a horse, or wield a certain weapon a particular way. But preparing for the role psychologically was not an easy task; I had to modify my voice a certain way, I had to walk a certain way; I had to really work on my body language, and that was tough. And Of course I also read books on the Maurya Dynasty and watched a few documentaries to get a clearer picture of the character. But it was fun to work on the character.”
So Rajat Tokas, who is currently seen as Chandragupta Maurya in “Chandra-Nandni”, hasn’t become successful by his charming looks alone. He worked hard to overcome every hurdle in his way. Even when it was a part of him like his own voice; he worked upon it and used a special voice modulation skill to add a unique touch to his character.
Well done Rajat.
TellyCraze wish gives you a thumbs up for your dedication, and wish you all the success for it.
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