Su­niel Shetty wants to play his age in films

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

At a time when ac­tors are es­say­ing muchy­ounger char­ac­ters on­screen, 55-year-old Su­niel Shetty (be­low) has no qualms in tak­ing up roles that suit his age.

“I want to play my age, I want to play a fa­ther, or an of­fi­cer. I don’t want to run around trees... I don’t want to sing and dance. I be­lieve ev­ery age has its own beauty and [you have to have] the con­fi­dence to carry your­self. I’m con­fi­dent about my craft of act­ing,” says the ac­tor, who has two chil­dren, (ac­tor) Athiya and Aa­han, with wife Mana Shetty.

Su­niel has been in the film in­dus­try for close to 25 years, and never tried to hide his age or fam­ily life as a mar­ried man. “I was mar­ried be­fore I came in the film in­dus­try, and I never sold a dream that I’m sin­gle... I have ac­cepted that I’m a fa­ther to 24-year-olds,” he says.

The ac­tor was on a self­im­posed sab­bat­i­cal from films for three years, but now he’s back with a new tele­vi­sion show. What about films? Su­niel says he will say no to projects on the big screen if noth­ing ex­cites him.

“I have re­jected a lot of films as I was not in the men­tal space to work. There was some­thing in me that I kept say­ing no to work,” he re­calls.

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