"He is a very good friend of mine. And I am very proud of his achievements in Bollywood. He is doing very well. He has opened up the possibility of TV actors getting good work in Bollywood. He has shown that it is not that difficult and you just have to work hard and you can achieve success," Aditya told reporters in an interview.
    
The model-turned-actor rose to fame with his debut soap 'Na Aana Is Des Laado' in which his character Raghav became popular with audience. He has also played the lead in shows like 'Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto' and 'Junoon - Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq'.
    
Aditya has starred in two films 'Zabardast' (Marathi) and 'Jalsa' (Telugu). When asked about his Bollywood aspirations, he said, "Absolutely, Bollywood is on my mind. I want to star in films. But it is a very tough field. It is difficult to crack into the films easily. But I am hopeful."
    
The 30-year-old actor will be next seen playing the role of a police inspector in crime series 'Encounter' on Sony TV, which traces the lives of larger than life, fictional gangsters.
    
"I am part of the first story. I play an inspector named Bhagat Dev. I am happy to be part of such a show, which is path breaking in a way. It is not just a crime show. It will deal with the back-stories of the main characters," he said.

Aditya, who has primarily starred in daily soaps says the experience of working in this series was similar to doing a film.
    
"It is similar to shooting a movie because you have a bound script, a character sketch."
    
Acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpai will host the series and will narrate each story from a neutral viewpoint.
    
"I did not get an opportunity to shoot with him. But I would love to meet him. I am a huge admirer of his works and I consider him to be one of the best actors in Bollywood," Aditya said.
    
The first episode of 'Encounter' will air today. The series will also feature Marathi actor Rajesh Shringarpore, Mishal Raheja, Prashant Narayanan, Rohit Khuranna, Megha Gupta, Adaa Khan and Pramod Moutho among others.

(Agencies)

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