Raavan was a stepping stone for me in B-town

Mumbai: Actor Nikhil Dwivedi, who is looking forward to his upcoming movie `Shor in the City` feels it is filmmaker Mani Ratnam`s `Raavan` that opened doors for him in Bollywood.

Despite the debacle of `Raavan` Nikhil seems to have benefitted the most from the film. His performance was singled out and it was said that he has huge potential.

"`Raavan` was a stepping stone for me in Bollywod..It opened the doors more for me in the film industry. Now filmmakers are willing to invest in me. I feel they consider me as a bankable star. The journey has begun," Nikhil told PTI in an interview.

Nikhil debuted with Shah Rukh Khan Production`s `My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves` in 2008, but it was `Raavan` starring Abhishek Bachchan, Vikram and Aishwarya that got him noticed.

"After `Raavan` I wanted to raise the bar. Doing a small film with a meaty role is much important than doing a big film with a small role. This is just the beginning and it feels great," the 29-year-old actor said.

Nikhil started off playing the lover boy in `My Name.. `, then moved on to very strict Inspector Hemant in `Raavan`. Now he will be seen in a new avatar in `Shor..`.

"I am open to anything be it small or a big banner.

Whether its a substantial role or a small role…the size of the role doesn`t matter to me as long as the script and character is good. I am ready for supporting roles," he said.

In `Shor…`Nikhil will be seen alongside Tusshar Kapoor, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Pitobash Tripathi, Preeti Desai and Radhika Apte among others.

About his character, Nikhil said, "I play the role of Ramesh who is a rowdy and petty criminal who wants to make quick money. The movie is a gritty satirical drama set in the midst of a metropolitan city."

Directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, the film releasing on April 29, revolves around three stories in the Mumbai noise. Nikhil will be seen next in the contemporary remake of Sunny Deol-starrer hit film, `Arjun`.