Stardust (English) - - NEETA'S NATTER -

Ac­cord­ing to you, what should be the ideal im­age of a Bol­ly­wood Bad Man? In my opin­ion, it re­quires a fan­tas­tic ac­tor to play the bad man. With lim­ited screen time and even­tu­ally los­ing out to the good, it re­quires a tremen­dous ac­tor. It’s also about mak­ing the au­di­ence be­lieve in you, even know­ing the fact that this is fic­tional. I be­lieve all the past su­per vil­lains have been the great­est ac­tors ever in In­dia cin­ema. I chose to be a vil­lain. I am a vil­lain out of choice.

Didn’t you fear be­ing type­cast? I didn’t fear type­cast. I cre­ated type­cast, by re­fus­ing pos­i­tive roles. I wanted to be type­cast. In think only weak ac­tors worry about type­cast. The ac­tors who don’t have the strength or the courage to drop star­dom and go out and experiment, they are the ones who worry about this. I knew I could build only a cer­tain amount of star­dom and re­call value be­cause of cre­at­ing a Bad Man brand. As a trained ac­tor, gutsy and hard work­ing, I knew that the day I want to break it, I will break it. And I did that. Look at the per­for­mance I gave in I Am Kalam, it bagged me a Na­tional Award. And many such other films.

Did you ever want to play a Hero? There were in­stances where I was of­fered the hero’s part, but I didn’t want to. I do play roles to­day which are as big as that of a hero, but back then, I never wanted to play a hero.

Nowa­days, the vil­lains have gone. We have grey char­ac­ters in­stead, some­times even played by the hero. Is the char­ac­ter of the ar­che­typal Vil­lain dy­ing out? The ma­jor­ity of writ­ing is done from so­ci­ety. What has hap­pened is, in real life, those kind of dis­tinct and com­pletely black char­ac­ters have dis­ap­peared. Also, be it a Mogambo, Bad Man or a Gab­bar, in to­day’s times in the pres­ence of the law, it is dif­fi­cult for these guys to ex­ist. The Law will catch hold of these guys. To­day, the def­i­ni­tion of bad has changed. got­ten con­fused. Some­body who is en­tre­pre­neur some­body or some­thing else are all do­ing bad things. Se­condly, when you are cast for a role to­day, along with the role, you also see the cov­er­age you will get. A lot of cast­ing to­day is to cre­ate buzz amongst the media. Many di­rec­tors got cast as vil­lains in films, be­cause the mak­ers thought that the fol­low­ers the di­rec­tor had would help the film, but the films didn’t do well. I am sad about that. Like I said, to play a vil­lain, it re­quires a great ac­tor. It can’t be done by a part-time ac­tor.

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