Vibhu K Raghave was last seen in Nisha Aur Uske Cousins
Actor Vibhu K Raghave, who has done shows such as Suvreen Guggal – Topper of The Year and Nisha Aur Uske Cousins is Hollywood-bound. He will make his international debut in actor-choreographer-turned director Glenn Douglas Packard's film, Pitchfork. And he's shot for the film already.
"I met Glenn while working on my first Bollywood film Rhythm in Europe (Glen was the choreographer of the film). After a few interactions, he narrated a story which he was to direct later. I wasn't aware that at the end of the narration, he would ask me to audition for one of the lead roles in that film. I auditioned after coming back to India, and everything else just fell in place," says Raghave.
While Bollywood actors are known to have taken the leap across seven seas in the past and even in recent times, a TV actor bagging such an opportunity is rare. Talking about his experience and his role, the actor says,“Pitchfork was much more than just a project for me. I play a mixed race character called Gordon. He is one of the lead characters. With his friends, he goes to meet one of their family members in a countryside farmhouse, and the drama unfolds there. It’s a positive character, full of fun, romance and action."
While shooting the film was fun, Raghave says that being the only Indian on the set was a different experience altogether. "In fact some of them had never met an Indian from India earlier!" says the actor. "We shot in countryside Michigan. I had a chance to live and learn the countryside life. There's a different joy in trying to adjust to a different culture. All the actors lived in the same house in middle of a remote farm. We would take turns to clean dishes and mop floors. Their approach to project execution was very different from what I had experienced in India. I think I came back as a better professional and as a changed person," says Raghave.
Pitchfork isn't the only Hollywood project that he has in hand. He is also working on Yadvi, an Indian period drama based on true events involving the royal family of Patiala.
"Yadvi is produced and directed by Jyoti Singh, who is an Indian-born American actor from New York. I met her when I was at the acting school in New York and years later she called me to tell me about her plan of shooting the film in India. Initially, I was only involved in pre-production but then she suggested I audition for one of the pivotal roles — Prince Billy. Few months later, everything fell in place and I found myself dressed as Prince of Patiala, ready for the shot in front of the camera," says Raghave.
Actor Chandrachur Singh also makes a comeback with his film, playing Raghave's father, the Maharaja of Patiala.