Why Freddy Daruwala doesn’t fo­cus on be­ing phys­i­cally at­trac­tive all the time

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Juhi Chakraborty ■ [email protected]

Freddy Daruwala may be well known for his ma­cho looks, but the ac­tor says of late he has started to de­tach him­self from the whole idea of fo­cus­ing on be­ing “phys­i­cally at­trac­tive” all year round. He agrees that there was a time when a lot of em­pha­sis was put on looks rather than skills of an ac­tor, how­ever now, it is solely act­ing.

“The sce­nario has changed. It is a chal­lenge for me to come out of my looks and per­son­al­ity. I am 6 feet 2 inches, you see (laughs). But I am try­ing to throw out in the uni­verse that I am ready for big­ger chal­lenges. I am be­yond my looks. I am look­ing out for chal­leng­ing roles which re­quire a lot of prepa­ra­tion,” shares Freddy.

The ac­tor, who made his de­but in the Ak­shay Ku­marstar­rer Hol­i­day (2014) and went on to do films such as Com­mando 2 (2017) and Race 3 (2018), says the idea and no­tion of a quin­tes­sen­tial Bol­ly­wood hero has changed and it is a wel­come one, in­deed.

“Ac­tors like Ra­jkum­mar Rao, Ayush­mann Khur­rana, Vicky Kaushal are not your con­ven­tional Bol­ly­wood he­roes but are suc­cess­ful be­cause the au­di­ences have con­nected with them. I am aim­ing for some­thing like that. Be­ing good look­ing or be­ing well-built is not im­por­tant any­more. I have de­tached my­self from the fact that I have to have a good body all the time,” says Freddy.

Look­ing for­ward to a promis­ing 2019, the ac­tor will soon start shoot­ing for a pro­ject with an English pro­duc­tion house. “It shall be­gin to­wards end of this month. This is the first time I am star­ring in an in­ter­na­tional film and I’m ex­cited about it,” says Freddy, who doesn’t want to re­strict him­self to the kind of roles and projects he is of­fered. “I am an ac­tor. I have to be like wa­ter, you put me in a ves­sel and I shall take that shape. It is hap­pen­ing grad­u­ally. It won’t hap­pen overnight. I still have a long way to go,” he con­cludes.

Ac­tor Freddy Daruwala feels that act­ing should be solely im­por­tant for an ac­tor and looks are se­condary PHOTO: GOKUL VS/HT

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