"I HAVE GONE THROUGH SO MUCH RE­JEC­TION, DE­JEC­TION, HU­MIL­I­A­TION..."

Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY -

It is a usual kind of day, but my in­ter­view with ac­tor Amit Sadh turned out to be rather un­usual. Su­per tal­ented and pro­fi­cient are just a few words to de­scribe this hand­some ac­tor. He is not only en­ergy ka ex­tra dose but also masti ka pitara… In a free­wheel­ing in­ter­view, AMIT SADH gets can­did with Hema Singh about his web se­ries, films and more… You started your jour­ney with tele­vi­sion - and you did some amaz­ing work there. To­day you are also a known face on the big screen with stel­lar films in­clud­ing Sarkar3, Sul­tan, Kai PoChe amongst oth­ers. Your forth­com­ing films in­clude the much awaited Gold too. But we’ve heard that you’ve strug­gled quite a bit, how has the jour­ney been?

Hon­estly speak­ing, I’m amazed that I reached this far. I just have my f***** up face (laughs) with so many scars and a crooked smile. Hasta hu toh log ke­hte hai crowfeet aaye hai – when I laugh, peo­ple tell me that I get crowfeet. Mu­jhe kisi ne bola ye crowfeet hat­walein, maine kaha nahi bhai ye hatane ke baad bhi nahi jaega, yeh fir aa jaega, yeh bach­pan se hai – Some­body ac­tu­ally told me to re­move the crowfeet from my eyes but I said, ‘Naah, these won’t go, they are there from my child­hood’. But jokes apart, hon­estly speak­ing, I haven’t done any­thing out of the or­di­nary and I gen­uinely feel that I am just a lucky son of a gun that I’ve reached this far. So I am gen­uinely thank­ful and grate­ful that peo­ple let me stay in this beau­ti­ful city… they let me walk into this beau­ti­ful in­dus­try and gave me the op­por­tu­nity to hang around and show my skills.

What has been your in­spi­ra­tion dur­ing your jour­ney?

I have a lot of in­spi­ra­tions and been in­spired by a lot of peo­ple. Ac­tu­ally, it would be very easy to take big names be­cause every­one wants a head­line. But I’d like to start with one of my house helps, Ravi, who came to me nine years back and is like a younger brother to me. He mo­ti­vates me. I call him an en­gi­neer as he in­spires me in the way he is grow­ing and learn­ing. As an ac­tor, I think Amitabh Bachchan in­spires me. Ac­tu­ally, there are so many peo­ple who in­spire me. Like… the kind of good work that Sal­man sir is do­ing for hu­man­ity with­out talk­ing about it is com­mend­able. His gen­uine­ness in­spires me. Rus­sell Crowe in­spires me be­cause he did Gla­di­a­tor.

How do you deal with re­jec­tion in your life?

It’s a part of life. I am com­fort­able in deal­ing with re­jec­tions. In fact, I have prob­lems when I am not re­jected. I have gone through so much re­jec­tion, de­jec­tion, hu­mil­i­a­tion… they ac­tu­ally have be­come a sec­ond na­ture for me, and if that doesn’t hap­pen then I

feel kuch to gad­bad hai. (Laughs). On that note, I would also like to tell peo­ple who are read­ing this beau­ti­ful mag­a­zine that it is okay, don’t be scared of re­jec­tions till the time you can sleep with your thoughts, wake up smil­ing and live each day. Dekhenge jo hoga. What­ever will be, will be!

Which is the part of an ac­tor you don’t en­joy at all?

Some­times, one gets ap­pre­ci­ated, other times, you don’t. You give your best and it is just that some things work and some things don’t. You just have to pinch your­self when it’s good or pinch your­self when it’s bad to keep your­self mo­ti­vated… and just keep working.

If not an ac­tor, what would you be?

An ex­tra but I’d al­ways be in front of the camera.

Crit­i­cism of any kind - like trolls on so­cial me­dia, does that af­fect you?

Mere sath abhi tak hua nahi hai. Up­til now, noth­ing of this has hap­pened to me. Lekin maine aaj tak aise harkatein bhi nahi ki jo log mu­jhe troll kare. But I haven’t done any such an­tic for me to get trolled. (Laughs)

How was your ex­pe­ri­ence working on the web se­ries (Breathe)?

Hon­estly speak­ing, I can’t re­ally de­scribe the ex­pe­ri­ence. Web se­ries or for that mat­ter, movies are not like go­ing to Switzer­land and say­ing, ‘Wow, the snow was good’. As an ac­tor, you just have to go to the sets and do the same thing ev­ery day. Your goal is to be­come bet­ter in your art es­pe­cially when you work with good peo­ple and a nice crew. I think what makes it bet­ter for me is the crew - di­rec­tor, pro­ducer, happy faces and hard­work­ing peo­ple. I think that’s the ex­pe­ri­ence I will cher­ish.

What made you pick this web se­ries?

Ba­si­cally, the pro­duc­ers Mayank and Vikram Mal­ho­tra called me and said that we are mak­ing this web se­ries, would you like to do it? They felt that I would suit this part. They sent me the script and I loved it, and said yes!

Were there any chal­lenges you faced?

Chal­lenge is an un­der­state­ment. It was a very dif­fi­cult to play my char­ac­ter be­cause there is a very thin line be­tween be­ing dam­aged, hurt and an­guished. For in­stance, if you see a guy who hit three guys, from one point of view you’d say, ‘What an ass­hole, he is hit­ting those guys. Kya bad­tameez admi hai’ But from an­other point of view, you’d say, ‘I am so proud of this boy, he is teach­ing those boys a les­son’. My char­ac­ter is com­pli­cated. But there were two ways of do­ing this role. First to go there and act drunk, bro­ken, and dam­aged, which I think wouldn’t have that ef­fect and wouldn’t have been true. And the sec­ond op­tion was to feel his pain, his love for his daugh­ter and wife... It was a painful process, we did a lot of talk­ing, read­ing and ref­er­ence. I even jogged mem­o­ries of my past and added them to my char­ac­ter. It was ex­haust­ing. And that’s how Kabir be­came real and ob­vi­ously, it is working as peo­ple are ap­pre­ci­at­ing my char­ac­ter.

How was it working with Mad­ha­van and the other ac­tors?

I call him Maddy sir. I watched him for the first time in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. And he was amaz­ing. He is a great guy and his per­for­mance in Breathe was just amaz­ing. I just con­sider my­self lucky to be act­ing in the show along with him. We also had a great crew, and cast - there was Hr­ishikesh Joshi who I am teamed up with and he too is a fan­tas­tic ac­tor and has done so much work. Every­one was fan­tas­tic ac­tu­ally.

Do you think that on­line con­tent will re­place cin­ema in the fu­ture?

Noth­ing can ever re­place cin­ema. When a Sal­man Khan movie re­leases - whether it is Tiger Zinda Hai 1, 2,3 or 4, it is des­tined to make a thou­sand crores. Movies have an im­pact on our lives. Watch­ing a movie on the 70 mm gives you a dif­fer­ent feel and that will never go away. But web­series too are fun. There are a lot of sto­ries to be told and there are also some made

I am com­fort­able in deal­ing with re­jec­tions.”

for pri­vate view­ing – so in my opin­ion, both should co-ex­ist. Noth­ing is go­ing to kill any one. There is enough scope for the dig­i­tal medium to grow.

Do Box of­fice num­bers mat­ter?

Ev­ery­thing mat­ters. Har cheez mainey rakhti hai. But not at the cost of any­thing. But I think ev­ery­thing hap­pens at the right time. You have to just fo­cus, work hard, be hon­est and good times come.

If you ever want to make a web se­ries of your own, then what would it be about?

I will not do that. Log mere act­ing jhel le bahut saalo ke baad utna kafi hai, main unko apne aap ko nahi jhe­launga.

Amongst all the char­ac­ters, you played on screen, which in par­tic­u­lar do you re­late to the most?

It is very dif­fi­cult to choose your roles. I loved my char­ac­ter in Sarkar 3 but the movie didn’t do well at the Box of­fice. How­ever, peo­ple loved me on TV. But hon­estly speak­ing, once I fin­ish my role, I am de­tached. I don’t have emo­tions to­wards any past char­ac­ter. For in­stance, once I have cre­ated Kabir, I am done.

How does it feel be­ing at this win­ning stage of your ca­reer – more so af­ter you’ve strug­gled such a lot?

I think strug­gle is a part of life. There will al­ways be a lull and there al­ways be a boom. I think the fun part is to wake up ev­ery day, smil­ing more, lov­ing more and just keep go­ing. Suc­cess and fail­ure will keep com­ing and go­ing. If you en­gage with life, then just be happy. I think that is the key but as you see cur­rently, I am very happy with all the com­pli­ments, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and all the val­i­da­tions from the in­dus­try, se­niors and fans. Bas aane do (Smiles)!

How do you balance your work life and per­sonal life?

I think main­tain­ing a balance is very im­por­tant. Act­ing and films are a very small part of my life. When I am into it, ev­ery­thing else is out of the way. I am just a nor­mal guy. I stand in queues. I be­lieve in do­ing my own stuff - climb­ing moun­tains, go bike rid­ing and en­gage in ad­ven­tures - and that’s what keeps me sane and happy.

What is your big­gest strength and weak­ness?

I think my big­gest strength and weak­ness are the same - I just don’t give up eas­ily.

What are your fu­ture plans and projects?

I will be next seen in Gold which will re­lease on 15th Au­gust. So I guess 2018 is a very good year for me.

Lastly, how do you keep your­self mo­ti­vated on a dull day?

I think there’s never a dull day in my life. Life is fas­ci­nat­ing. It’s like an amuse­ment park… al­ways vi­brant and ac­tion packed! I am just very grate­ful to get sup­port from my fans, di­rec­tors and pro­duc­ers who con­sider me worth­while to be called an ac­tor.

Breathe

Sarkar

The Home­com­ing

Sul­tan

Kai Po Che...

Gold

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