‘COM­MER­CIAL CIN­EMA WAS NEVER PART OF MY PLAN’

Ac­tor Divyendu Sharma says his in­cli­na­tion has al­ways been to­wards ‘art and par­al­lel cin­ema’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Ac­tor Divyendu Sharma be­gan his Bol­ly­wood ca­reer with the hit film Pyaar Ka Punch­nama (2011) and fol­lowed it up with an­other pot­boiler, Chashme Bad­door, two years later.

The ac­tor, how­ever, says what caught him by sur­prise was the way he be­came a part of com­mer­cial cin­ema, which was never on his agenda

He says, “Ac­tu­ally,

I am not some­one who plans his life. There were some things I wanted to do.”

“I never thought I would end up on the com­mer­cial side of films. Com­ing from FTII (Films and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia), I thought I would do art films and par­al­lel cin­ema.”

“But my jour­ney started with Pyaar Ka Punch­nama. I was clear that I would do what I en­joy. Even in my strug­gling years, I knew if I say yes to any­thing, I had to be very clear about it.”

The ac­tor also says that he con­sid­ers (the late ac­tor) Fa­rooq Sheikh and Naseerud­din Shah as his idols.

“My in­cli­na­tion was never to­wards only be­ing a com­mer­cial ac­tor. I al­ways liked this (art house) side of cin­ema more and that is why I wanted to do it.”

The ac­tor says that since he has a the­atre back­ground, he could also never un­der­stand the com­mer­cial as­pect of film­mak­ing. “I come from a the­atre back­ground. Hence, all th­ese things are not part of my process. As an ac­tor, there are films which I am not proud of and there are ones that I am re­ally proud of. For in­stance, I am re­ally proud of my film Ekkis To­pon ki Salaami (2014). Not ev­ery­one would know of it but I know what a won­der­ful film it was,” says the ac­tor, who was last seen on the sil­ver screen in Batti Gul Me­ter Chalu.

Ac­tu­ally, I am not some­one who plans his life. There were some things I wanted to do. I never thought I would end up on the com­mer­cial side of films. DIVYENDU SHARMA AC­TOR

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