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To I look forward this second innings as an actor

- Soumya Vajpayee

Talat Aziz was seen in ’90s TV shows such as Sailaab, Sahil and Ghutan, and he marked his Bollywood debut with Fitoor in 2016. Now, after a break of over six years, the singer is set to make an acting comeback. He will be seen in three web projects, alongside veteran actors Sharmila Tagore and Tanuja.

“Some great acting offers came my way after Fitoor, but they didn’t take off... It feels good to make a comeback as an actor. I am looking forward to this second innings,” says Aziz, who will be playing diverse characters in the projects: “They are dramatic roles and require intensity in various degrees.”

The 65-year-old calls collaborat­ing with Tagore and Tanuja an “enriching experience”. He adds, “They were very supportive and made me feel comfortabl­e. This helped get the best out of me, as an actor. I’ll also be seen

OTT platforms have brought a revolution. The world is your audience. TALAT AZIZ, Singer-actor

with (actors) Manoj Bajpayee and Pratik Gandhi in a web series.”

Aziz goes on to talk about the way things have changed as far as filmmaking is concerned. “There is a vast change in the way films are made these days. Things have advanced technologi­cally and are very profession­al. Time is very important and call times are adhered to by everyone. Also, it’s much quieter on the sets since every crew member is equipped with Bluetooth ear devices for communicat­ion,” shares Aziz, who loves the fact that his acting comeback is via the digital medium.

All praise for the digital space, he says, “I think OTT platforms have ushered in a revolution. No longer is anyone a lead actor, hero or heroine. More importance is given to the content and how one fits in a character, rather than the length of a role. Language is also no barrier. The world is your audience, regardless of geographic­al limitation­s. It’s a good time for the industry.”

BENEDICT CUMBERBATC­H, Actor

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