Khandelwal now appears as a top cop in CID on
A star was born on STAR.
Then unceremoniously stripped of his crown because he
allegedly grew bigger than the serial. But by then he
had already become the heartthrob of the TV-viewing
nation and he soon got to hold the Time Bomb on
Zee. And now with the bomb set to explode, the man’s
on to a new role on Sony.
Rajeev Khandelwal aka Sujal of Kahiin To
Hoga. In a casting coup of sorts, Sony has picked
Rajeev to replace Shivaji Satam as the new boss of the
popular crime drama CID. But with a twist in
the sleuth tale, of course. Rajeev will be playing a
different character altogether, that of a young and
dashing ACP (Aamir Khan of Sarfarosh, anyone?).
attracted me to do the show in the first place,”
Rajeev tells Metro. “I get to give a new look
to a serial which is already popular among the
viewers. CID is an intelligent show which has
lots of logic and once I appear the whole set-up will
become even more different. That’s all I can divulge
Insiders at Sony reveal
that Rajeev’s character in the serial has to face a
lot of resentment from his colleagues before he is
accepted by the team. Then they all get cracking with
the cases again.
The promos of the new CID
with Rajeev as the top cop will be shown on Sony
from this Monday in an effort to boost the TRPs as
soon as he appears on the show from November 4.
A new role was always in
the offing for Rajeev, what with Time Bomb
ticking to an end by November.
“I was planning to
take up a new assignment on TV,” he says. “CID
is something which is more me, although I am not a
very action-action person as such. But with the new
storyline, I can see myself connecting with the
No matter what he does,
isn’t Rajeev Khandelwal still very much Kahiin To
Hoga’s Sujal? “Come on, give me a break,”
protests Rajeev. “I don’t miss the serial. At
most, I am proud of it. I don’t even watch any of
these stupid saas-bahu serials on TV. I
realised they are not for me anyway. Why should I miss
something I walked out on?”
As with all high-profile
telly stars, Rajeev is looking for a screen switch.
“Although I haven’t signed any film yet, I can
sense it’s coming soon,” he says about his filmi