Sultan Changed The Way People Looked At Me As An Actor ” --Amit Sadh
After having earned accolades for his impressive performance in ‘KaiPoChe’, Amit SAdh managed to do a spree of films that failed to cater to the audience, something the talented actor wouldn’t have really desired. While this may have derailed any other actor trying to make his mark in Bollywood, Amit, the determined person he is, continued to nurture his craft and it is that hard work that paid off for him in big banner films like Sultan and Sarkar3 and made him receptive to the much deserved love from the audience and critics. And now, the man is all set to make a fresh mark with his upcoming film Gold with Khiladi Kumar aka Akshay Kumar. In an exclusive conversation with Subhojit Ghosh, Amit talks about his life, people, films, future plans and a lot more.
You are that one actor who has worked in all the three platforms, be it films, tv or digital. How has it been working in all the three platforms and how are they different from each other? They are like three twin sisters. They might have different hair but they look the same. They are all performance oriented and they cater to a specific audience. So as an actor, I would perform in any medium where there is an audience. In fact, I would want to perform on stage too as that too has an audience. So yeah, they are all similar yet different in this way. So, do you have any plans to venture into the world of television again? See, it’s not a hill. Like I am a mountaineer. So it’s like if I plan to climb Everest, I decide, plan and then act. But this is creativity. It’s not like you open a box and just walk in. I just finished Breathe which was on Amazon. My film ‘ Gold’ with Akshay Kumar is coming. I am also secretly working on something, the details of which I would not like to reveal as of now. So it’s not planned ever. Especially when you have a big film like ‘ Gold’ coming so you do feel like Aur filmein milne waali hai! Hahaha! You have had a remarkable journey in the industry so far having worked with the high ranks of the entertainment industry. With what perception, you would like to look back at it today? First of all, thank you so much for saying this and following my journey. But to be honest, I have a philosophy in life - ‘Delete Yesterday.’ So when I delete yesterday, I also delete the good and I also delete the bad because if you don’t delete the good, it
makes you feel all cloudy and if you don’t delete the bad, it makes you sad. Funda simple hai bhai! So no point dwelling into the past be it good or bad and by following this, I have somehow mastered the art of deleting yesterday. I have a lot of gratitude for a lot of people. The people who let me work, the people who give me work and it goes on. So the only thing I take from the past is gratitude. I am grateful to my producers, directors and audience for accepting me and I look forward to only get better and deliver better with time and more performances.
You have had the opportunity to work with two of the biggest actors of the Film Industry, Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan. How was it working with them and how different are they from each other especialy on the sets?
Well I feel fortunate and lucky to have the opportunity to work with Bachchan sir in Sarkar 3 and play the role of his grandson. It was such a lovely role. I mean there is nothing new I can tell you or anyone about Mr Bachchan. I could not have asked for better. There is so much to learn from him always be it on the sets or off the sets. When it’s Mr Bachchan, you just always need to have your eyes and ears wide open to grab every opportunity of learning. When it comes to Salman Khan, I can talk to you so much that you will need to have two volumes of Stardust just for this. Hahaha! I respect him, love him and look upto him. He seems very relaxed and chilled out on sets but he is actually the most interested and serious person. What an amazing personality. He has an aura of his own. I feel Sultan did a lot of good in my life. It changed the way people started looking at me as an actor. I mean it could not have been bigger. A Salman Khan movie and a YRF banner, you just need to grab it with both hands and work real hard to do justice to the magnitude of the film. Luck plays a big role and I worked very hard. So probably the culmination of it clicked for me. I thank God for this.
How was your experience working with Akshay Kumar in Gold ?
‘ Gold’ has been a very tough film for me. I had to learn hockey from scratch and a lot of training is involved for the film. Akshay sir is amazing. He has an amazing level of energy. He knows his craft, he is at the top of his game. He knows the film and it has been an honour to work with him. He is really motivating and he is so humourous and has a great comic timing. In fact on the last day of the shoot, we were playing ‘ludo’ and it was great fun.
Your future plans?
As of now, just thinking of ‘ Gold’. Hopefully things will unfold in the right fashion and I carry on from there. Fingers crossed bhai. Hahaha!
I have somehow mastered the art of deleting yesterday.”