Don’t have much time to learn from my mis­takes or take things slow, says Kabi

HT City - - ENTERTAINMENT - ■ shreya.mukher­ Shreya Mukher­jee

Hav­ing started his movie ca­reer late, Neeraj Kabi feels he has less scope to make mis­takes. The ac­tor, there­fore, is very par­tic­u­lar about the films and roles he as­so­ci­ates with.

Neeraj marked his big screen de­but with the Na­tional Award-win­ning Oriya film The Last Vi­sion (1997). Fif­teen years later, his por­trayal of Maitreya in Ship of Th­e­seus (2012) brought him into the lime­light. He was 44 when the sec­ond film hap­pened. Since then, he has been a part of films such as Mon­soon Shootout (2013), De­tec­tive By­omkesh Bak­shy! (2015), Tal­var (2015), Viceroy’s House (2017), Hichki and In the Shad­ows. In all these films, he has played dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters. More re­cently, his char­ac­ter of a cop in a web se­ries got him ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

“Cre­ative sat­is­fac­tion is very im­por­tant for me. I am re­ally clear about one thing — I started re­ally late, so age is not on my side. Hence, I don’t have much time to learn from my mis­takes or take things slow. I will have to do what can be done with the lit­tle time I have in hand. So, ev­ery time I am of­fered a char­ac­ter, I try to un­der­stand what is it adding to the story,” says the ac­tor, who is a theatre artist.

Also, Neeraj does not want to be type­cast. “I don’t get car­ried away with the of­fers I re­ceive. What mostly hap­pens is that if I play a fa­ther once, then I get to play a fa­ther in other projects as well. So, I am ex­tremely shrewd and clever when I am say­ing yes to any project. Since I don’t have the lib­erty to take risks, I give ev­ery project my 200 per­cent. As I know, my per­for­mance can’t be sub­stan­dard; it should be bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous. Af­ter all, this will only help me last longer,” adds the ac­tor, who is cur­rently work­ing on a web se­ries and a Ben­gali film di­rected by Goutam Ghose.

Neeraj Kabi played the role of a cop in web se­ries star­ring Saif Ali Khan

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