Sumeet Vyas doesn’t get jealous of the star kids
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
Sumeet Vyas says the web is a great platform for alternative cinema and smallbudget films