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