Sumeet Vyas doesn’t get jealous of the star kids

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Sumeet Vyas says Bol­ly­wood is like a lo­cal train, and he is strug­gling to find “a win­dow seat in this crowded train”. Sumeet, who’s known for his web se­ries Per­ma­nent Room­mates, was re­cently seen in a movie with ac­tor Kalki Koech­lin, and will also fea­ture in Ka­reena Kapoor Khan star­rer Veerey Di Wed­ding (VDW). He shares that he doesn’t “get starstruck with ac­tors,” as he is “in awe of good scripts”. About VDW, he says, “ev­ery char­ac­ter in the fim is rel­e­vant, in­clud­ing mine, else I wouldn’t have done the film”. He adds his char­ac­ter in his film with Kalki is sim­i­lar to him. He says, “I iden­tify with the role of Karan, my char­ac­ter in the film. His in­se­cu­ri­ties are some­thing I iden­tify with, and the fear of not get­ting where I want to are ap­proach­ing me rapidly as I grow older.” But Sumeet doesn’t wish to glorify his hard­ships. “I think ev­ery­one has their share,” he adds. The ac­tor, who rose to fame with his Per­ma­nent Room­mates, shares his views about the web as a plat­form; he says, “Web is not an al­ter­na­tive to cin­ema, although it could be a po­ten­tial venue for al­ter­na­tive cin­ema be­cause it frees film­mak­ers from the pres­sure of the ad­di­tional cost of mar­ket­ing and re­leas­ing their small-bud­get films in theatres. I do be­lieve that the recog­ni­tion I got from my web se­ries has helped me in get­ting more op­por­tu­ni­ties in Bol­ly­wood.” He feels star kids might get their first op­por­tu­nity eas­ily, but only tal­ent can take an in­di­vid­ual ahead. “I’m sure it’s eas­ier for star kids to get their first op­por­tu­nity. Be­yond that, ev­ery­one has to pass on their merit. And I sin­cerely be­lieve that in­stead of wast­ing my en­ergy on ‘Why did they get it so eas­ily?’ I’d rather work hard on my own goals,” he says. “I feel more priv­i­leged then them, be­cause I’ve lived a far richer life as an artist by grow­ing up in poverty. I still re­mem­ber cov­er­ing the roof of my chawl ev­ery year in rainy sea­son, with those blue plas­tic sheets.” “I see them now from my air­plane win­dow! Trust me, I have more sto­ries to tell,” he adds.

I feel more priv­i­leged then star kids, be­cause I’ve lived a far richer life as an artist by grow­ing up in poverty. Trust me, I have more sto­ries to tell SUMEET VYAS, AC­TOR

PHOTO: ALOK SONI/HT

Sumeet Vyas says the web is a great plat­form for al­ter­na­tive cin­ema and small­bud­get films

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