It is dif­fi­cult be­ing an ac­tor: Shankar

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Singer Shankar Ma­hade­van’s film de­but as Pan­dit Bhanu Shankar Shas­tri in the Marathi film Kat­yar Kal­jat Ghusali (2015) im­pressed cine­go­ers and crit­ics alike. Since then, the singer-com­poser has been flooded with act­ing of­fers. How­ever, Shankar has re­alised that fac­ing the cam­era is quite a task, and he is more com­fort­able mak­ing mu­sic.

“I can sing and com­pose, but act­ing was dif­fi­cult. Work­ing in a mu­sic video is some­thing, but in a film, it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ball game. You need to be men­tally trans­ported to an­other world and time pe­riod, and be­come an­other per­son,” he ex­plains.

“In the be­gin­ning, I used to fum­ble, but I slowly un­der­stood what was ex­pected from me,” says Shankar, ad­ding that his char­ac­ter be­ing a classical singer was what helped him.

In­ter­est­ingly, Shankar, known for com­pos­ing mu­sic for films such as Rock­ford (1999), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Lak­shya (2004), Wake Up Sid (2009) and 2 States (2014), along with fel­low mu­si­cians Eh­saan Noorani and Loy Men­donsa, had made his act­ing de­but on TV with the re­al­ity show, Ek Se Badh Kar Ek (1995).

Talk­ing about the act­ing of­fers that he has been get­ting, Shankar adds, “Though even Nagesh (Kukunoor) had made me act in his film (Mu­sic Men), I don’t think I am good at act­ing. But one should never say never,” he says, ad­ding, “I’ve re­alised that it’s very dif­fi­cult to be an ac­tor. And this re­al­i­sa­tion has made me de­velop a new­found re­spect for stars.”

Shreya Mukher­jee


Af­ter mak­ing an im­pres­sive de­but in the Marathi film Kat­yar Kal­jat Ghusali (2015), Shankar Ma­hade­van says he has de­cided to fo­cus his en­er­gies solely on mu­sic

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