It Doesn’t Give Me A Kick When Someone Writes A Role Keeping Me In Mind.
From being a theatre artiste to becoming the great Kallumama of the industry, SAURABH SHUKLA has undoubtedly projected one of the most iconic characters on 70 mm, loved by all generations. ‘Lights, camera, action!’ are the three words that give him a kick
If you weren’t an actor, what profession would you be into? I am already into three professions. I write, direct, act. Apart from the entertainment industry, I would have been a teacher somewhere or I would have been a clerk somewhere. I definitely wouldn’t be a salesperson or a marketing person, I do not have it in me. I am fortunate enough that I never had to go out and look for a job.
How do you maintain a balance between your personal and professional life? I am a very boring person. What people call personal life, I don’t think I have that, yes, of course, I have my personal moments, but I am always filled with work.
You are an amazing actor - extremely acclaimed – do you think there will be a time when roles will be written with you in mind? They do write roles keeping me in mind, it has already started. People come to me, but it doesn’t give me a kick when someone writes a role keeping me in mind because when they say it is for Saurabh Shukla, meaning you know Saurabh Shukla the person completely. They will use every facet of mine whether my body, or the way I talk, or the way I think, so there is nothing to explore in that, and it is not satisfying.
The industry is partial to beautiful faces, and genuine actors are then overlooked, would you agree to this? People are partial, period. It’s not the industry, it is the people, and we have vested interest always as human beings. So when you say the industry is partial, we are all partial then.
How do you keep yourself motivated on a dull day? You have to first think about what makes you happy. And I completely believe that, if you are happy then you will make the world happy and if you are not, then it doesn’t matter how big you are or what you have achieved, you are not going to make the world around you happy.