Saturday, September 19, 2009

Moment of Truth: Rajeev Khandelwal to meet eminent bureaucrats in the run-up to his film Return Gift

THE next time you spot Rajeev Khandelwal, who hosts the controversial realty show Sach Ka Saamna, in power corridors of Delhi, don’t get intimidated. He is not trying to rope you in for his TV show and ask you an uncomfortable question of whether you have an illicit affair with someone in your office! But yes, he is eager to meet Indian bureaucrats, chat with them to understand how bureaucracy functions as he is getting ready for a film named Return Gift to be directed by Sourabh Narang. For those detached from reality, Sach Ka Saamna is the Indian version of the popular American reality show The Moment of Truth. In Return Gift, Rajeev will play an Indian bureaucrat on a mission to Pakistan for which understanding babudom in both sides of the border is extremely important. As was reported in a section of media, Rajeev said it’s a character that has far-reaching relevance, and he would be meeting eminent bureaucrats to understand how Indian bureaucracy works and also to comprehend the vexed issue of Indo-Pak relations. However, no Bollywood story exists without twists! And this is no exception either. Rajeev has been selected for playing a role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Chenab Gandhi mainly because of his long hair. But his role as a bureaucrat in Return Gift demands short hair as the director says no bureaucrat sports long hair! And of course, he can’t do both the roles simultaneously thanks to his thorny issue of hair. So, you can solve Rajeev’s dilemma of long or short hair by identifying a few top bureaucrats sporting relatively long hair. Will principal secretary to PM TKA Nair be a right example? If you have anyone in mind, kindly comment below this post…, or write at


  1. Don't worry Rajeev. The truth is finance secretary Ashok Chawla who is one of the top bureaucrats in the country has very stylish hair. Why don't you look at his photograph!

  2. No doubt it will be an interesting film...It will be an exciting moment for this handsome hunk who is trying hard to find his feet in Bollywood..Riding on the searing popularity of Sach ka samna, he will give his best for the film...

  3. Woh! Sujal (he is known by his famous character in a star plus serial) should look good as a bureaucrat...Who knows many real life bureaucrats may follow his style after the release of the film...? --A Rajeev fan