The way Raghubir Yadav describes it, the camera could be a polygraph device. “You can never lie in front of it.” Until he faced one for the first time, the actor had been an incurable thespian.

Film was a less unforgiving witness to accidents, which the stage used to hide. “The camera’s eye is so sharp even a slightly fake expression becomes magnified.” In all roles beginning with that screen debut in 1985’s Massey Sahib, Yadav says he has sought to achieve the honesty the medium demands. The 62-year-old’s language today is a mix of equal parts …






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