THE AD­VANCED LEARN­ING OF VI­VAAN SHAH

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What’s it like be­ing a part of such an il­lus­tri­ous fam­ily?

It’s very stim­u­lat­ing in ev­ery way. I’ve learnt to be cu­ri­ous and cul­ti­vate in­ter­est in dif­fer­ent spheres.

What act­ing tips you got from your dad?

My dad al­ways says that if you want to act you have to be able to em­pathise with peo­ple, be able to feel what they are feel­ing and see the world through their eyes. He doesn’t be­lieve in method act­ing, he ac­tu­ally has his own phi­los­o­phy, which is that imag­i­na­tion is the main tool for an ac­tor.

How was it be­ing a part of a mega bud­get film like Happy New Year?

What have you learned from Shah Rukh Khan? So, would you like to do more films like Happy New Year or Saat Khoon Maaf?

I don’t think it works like that. Mainly be­cause I don’t think there is any distinc­tion be­tween par­al­lel and com­mer­cial cinema. There are just good movies and bad movies. My aim is to be a part of good movies. For now, I’ve been a part of just three flicks ( Saat Khoon Maaf, Happy New Year and the up­com­ing Bom­bay Vel­vet), so it’s too early to an­a­lyse my ca­reer. It’s been a pro­found one and a half years. I don’t know where to begin. Aside from the cre­ative as­pects of act­ing and film­mak­ing, I re­alised that th­ese kind of films pro­vide em­ploy­ment across the board. It’s then that you ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that the busi­ness as­pect of cinema is as im­por­tant as the cre­ative side. You can’t give too much weigh­tage to one or the other. Mainly, I’ve learnt to love and care about peo­ple and be in­ter­ested in them. Shah Rukh Khan, be­sides be­ing such a big star, has an equa­tion with ev­ery­one on set. An­other thing is that he is so hard-work­ing that it’s ac­tu­ally very dif­fi­cult to keep up with him. He is in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of film­mak­ing, whether it’s the hos­pi­tal­ity, the craft or the tech­ni­cal­i­ties of cinema. He is in­volved in ev­ery­thing and he pours his heart and soul into it. It’s inspiring.

So, did you al­ways want to be an ac­tor?

Ac­tu­ally, I never wanted to be an ac­tor, be­cause it was al­ways some­thing that was ex­pected of me. In board­ing school, when I used to study peo­ple would say, ‘ Tu padai kyu kar raha hain? Tu to ac­tor hi banega.’ And I used to get ir­ri­tated and say, ‘I will never be an ac­tor.’ So, it was a very stupid sort of re­bel­lion. But when I was work­ing on Saat Khaan Maaf I had an epiphany. It was my first time on a set, and I saw how much hard work goes into it, and how much this medium mat­ters to so many mil­lions of peo­ple across the world. So, now when I look back, I con­sider my­self very lucky to be born into this in­dus­try.

How are you deal­ing with all the fe­male at­ten­tion af­ter your suc­cess?

That’s a good ques­tion. Ac­tu­ally, I’m still try­ing to fig­ure that out my­self (laughs). A cou­ple of times, peo­ple recog­nised me on the road and mobbed me. So, yeah it’s good.

Is the choco­late boy look some­thing you con­sciously worked to­wards?

It isn’t a con­scious de­ci­sion. Ac­tu­ally for my next movie Mas­tan I’m go­ing to be play­ing around with my look a bit. My char­ac­ter is a gang­ster but not re­ally a typ­i­cal one, so I’ve tried to cre­ate a Baby-Face-Nel­son kind of char­ac­ter. Phys­i­cally, he’s the last guy you’d ex­pect to be a gang­ster, but he’s a ma­niac and the tough­est guy around.

PHO­TO­GRAPHS: MOHIT BHA­TIA; STYLING: SAY­ALI ANGACHEKAR HAIR & MAKE-UP: SACHIN VYAWAHARE

JUMPER: POLO, RALPH LAU­REN (THE COL­LEC­TIVE) SHIRT & DENIM: CALVIN KLEIN, SHOES & CAP: ZARA

JACKET: ZARA, T-SHIRT: ARMANI JEANS (THE COL­LEC­TIVE); DENIM: CALVIN KLEIN

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