The MukkeBaaz HERO

A small bud­get lm like Mukkebaaz has caught the at­ten­tion of the au­di­ence. And the star of the lm, VI­NEET KU­MAR SINGH, an ac­tor who has never been her­alded be­fore, has found him­self plumb in the midst of the spot­light. SHIVANI BISHT talks to him to nd

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Tells us a bit about your­self. My dad is a well-known math­e­ma­ti­cian so he al­ways wanted me to study for med­i­cals. It was kind of a fa­ther and son emo­tional talk where I promised him that I will do my med­i­cals and he thought while pur­su­ing my med­i­cals, I would get over with the mad­ness of be­ing an ac­tor. But on the other hand, I was very sure no mat­ter what I wanted to be­come an ac­tor. So, af­ter I got my MD de­gree, dad asked me if I still wanted to be an ac­tor, and I said, yes. My fa­ther was wor­ried I wouldn’t be able to cope or make it in the film in­dus­try but he still al­lowed me.

How did you jour­ney start? ...Through an au­di­tion. I am the mas­ter of au­di­tions. I came to Mum­bai for a tal­ent hunt com­pe­ti­tion. My sis­ter knew I al­ways wanted to be an ac­tor so one day when she got to know of a tal­ent hunt com­pe­ti­tion, she im­me­di­ately no­ti­fied me. So I came to Mum­bai and luck­ily, I won that com­pe­ti­tion and so got my first film Pi­taah in 2002 - Ma­hesh Man­jrekarji gave me the break. Later, he of­fered me the po­si­tion of be­ing his as­sis­tant di­rec­tor so that I get to know the tech­ni­cal work­ings of a film. And be­cause of that I feel re­ally very com­fort­able when I am on the sets. And, that’s how my jour­ney started.

What has been your best and worst ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try till date? The best is ob­vi­ously Mukkabaaz, and for worst, re­cently, dur­ing the pro­mo­tions of Mukkabaaz I had to reach In­fin­ity mall at a cer­tain time but not a sin­gle rick­shawala wanted to go there. I had to walk in order to reach In­fin­ity. Nearly, 25 to 30 rick­shaw’s re­jected me that too within 10 min­utes.

Can you tell us about your ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Anurag Kashyap, the di­rec­tor of Mukkabaaz? Amaz­ing! I al­ways get to learn a lot from him be­cause he ex­per­i­ments a

lot. He is a very fear­less di­rec­tor and openly ex­per­i­ments with his char­ac­ters and work­ing with him is great as bahut zyada azaadi milti hai. And I am that kind of an ac­tor who sur­ren­ders him­self to the di­rec­tor and I fol­low what they say. Like in Gangs ofWassey­pur I got a script and there was a proper work­shop con­ducted, when I did Ugly there was no script given. Bom­bay Talkies was an ex­pe­ri­ence and so was Mukkabaaz. And there were no chore­og­ra­phers for the box­ing scenes in Mukkabaaz, all the fights were real. I had to fight with in­ter­na­tional box­ers and we all worked re­ally hard. I don’t talk to Anurag much but I just love lis­ten­ing to him as I be­lieve I get to learn a lot lis­ten­ing.

How has your trans­for­ma­tion been from an ath­lete to a boxer?

While I was studing for my med­i­cals, I was a na­tional ath­lete. And that helped me for my role in Mukkabaaz. How­ever, get­ting phys­i­cally pre­pared for Mukkabaaz wasn’t an easy job. So I started train­ing to be a boxer – iron­i­cally, at the age I started, it is usu­ally when box­ers re­tire. Usu­ally they start train­ing at the age of ten or twelve so it was tough but I guess, it worked.

How dif­fi­cult was it for you to find a foot­ing in Bol­ly­wood?

Ob­vi­ously a lot. Life in Mum­bai is fast and it wasn’t so in Ba­naras so I had to learn a lot. Also, my se­niors and ju­niors were ei­ther Doc­tors or sports­men, and no one from Bol­ly­wood. As I am not from the Na­tional School of Drama or FTII and all the things which I did were un­of­fi­cial. And be­cause of my back­ground in med­i­cal and the­atre, peo­ple thought I sounded im­ma­ture. But I was clear that I would prove it with my work. Yes, I had to strug­gle a lot but it was worth it.

Did you come across any ob­sta­cles in your ini­tial days? When­ever you start any­thing new that you know noth­ing about, you start it with a good in­ten­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion, so be it any ob­sta­cle, you try to solve it. And this hap­pens with ev­ery­one in­clud­ing me. When I came to Mum­bai, the very first ques­tion was where would I stay? Now, you can take it as an ob­sta­cle or prac­ti­cal­ity, it’s your way of look­ing at it. So I fig­ured out things and tried solv­ing them.

Are you work­ing only on this film Gold or any other films as well? I am get­ting a lot of scripts but af­ter Mukkabaaz, sud­denly things have changed. There

My fa­ther thought while pur­su­ing my med­i­cals, I would get over with the mad­ness of be­ing an ac­tor.”

are a few an­nounce­ments I’ll make once they get fi­nal. But ev­ery day, I am read­ing a new script. I be­lieve a script is like a rail­way track, things can move around the scripts a lit­tle here and there but there is no ma­jor U-turn. So, that’s why I read scripts very care­fully.

Can you name some ac­tors you want to work with?

I want to work with ev­ery­one. I want to work will all the good ac­tors and di­rec­tor, and what’s wrong in that? But, yeah some ac­tors with whom I’d en­joy work­ing with are Ran­veer Singh and Varun Dhawan but let’s see if there is any­thing in­ter­est­ing in the pipe­line.

What are your ca­reer goals and where do you see your­self five years from now?

I don’t even think about a week from now, for­get five years from now. I ac­cept things just the way they are. I be­lieve it is wise to live in your present - there should be a proper bal­ance be­tween things. Ac­tors in to­day’s time live be­tween ac­tion and cuts, and I want to live my life sin­cerely. About my ca­reer, I don’t think about it as I can­not con­trol it.

Which are the hero­ines you want to work with and why?

Ev­ery­body! I re­ally like Rekhaji but she isn’t work­ing much and the same goes with Mad­huri Dixit. I re­ally like Deepika Padukone, as an ac­tor she has done an amaz­ing job in Piku and now Pad­maa­vat. If I get a chance I would like to work with Alia Bhatt though.

If I get a chance I would like to work with Alia Bhatt though.”

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