But the role in his new show is not all dark. Rishikesh says, “Well, this character is not a totally negative character, he has his grey shades and I am looking forward to it.”
Rishikesh adds that negative characters excite him because he has been doing such roles for quite some time. “I think the responsibility of an on-screen villain is to make the hero look like a hero. Earlier, I used to get hate messages for my role in ‘Shakti’, but now people appreciate my work and they really like me. Though I am doing negative roles on TV and films, my fans often ask me to play positive characters as well. But I don’t look upon it as a negative or a positive role. If it is a good role, I go for it,” he shares.
But does he fear getting typecast? “Yes, I do think ki typecast na ho jaun but the thing is, whenever I take up a project, I just focus on the role. Also, I feel my rugged looks also go with such characters, so I don’t mind playing negative roles,” says Rishikesh. But he adds, “I can do positive roles as well, and would look forward to taking up a positive role in future.”
We also asked Rishikesh if he is watching ‘Bigg Boss 14’ and supporting his former ‘Shakti’ co-star Rubina Dilaik. Rishikesh replies, “I am not watching ‘Bigg Boss’. I am not even updated about the show but I wish Rubina and Abhinav (Shukla, Rubina’s husband and co-contestant on the show) all the best, they are good souls. They are both sweethearts and I want them to win.”