Firstly, it wasn’t a deliberate break.
Firstly, it wasn’t a deliberate break. What happened was that certain films that I was supposed to be a part of they didn’t end up happening, and then there were films that I was offered that I wasn’t comfortable being a part of. Both these factors caused this long break which I obviously didn’t want to take or have to deal with. With Paltan, I’m happy that at least in terms of my work, I got the opportunity to perform. And I think for any actor that is what matters the most. Because how else do you showcase your work if you don’t get the opportunity? So I’m very thankful to J.P sir for giving me the role and that opportunity. Sadiyaan didn’t let me perform nor did it present me in the correct manner. When you come out as a new actor, both your presentation and work is very important and in Sadiyaan both were just not there. See, I’m very committed to my work but in a film it’s not just you, it’s an entire team in place.
Did you ever feel a bit overshadowed by Rishiji, Rekhaji and the others in your debut?
No, no I was very happy to work with them. You only feel overshadowed if you’re insecure about yourself. Why would I feel overshadowed when I already know I’m working with legends? They’re legends for a reason; the knowledge and experience that they bring to the sets! You should feel grateful that you get to learn from them instead of feeling burdened.
Even with Paltan, since it was an ensemble cast, how was it sharing screen-space with others?
See, again if there’s a senior actor who’s more established, I don’t feel insecure about it. They’re only going to add something to the film, so for me it’s a good thing. As far as the younger actors are concerned, I would just say that everyone has their own part and I’m definitely not the sort who feels insecure about another young actor. Because at the end of the day, both mine and the other person’s roles are decided by the director, so why would I give undue importance to someone who has nothing whatsoever to do with my role? In the Paltan team, mostly we all got along; there was maybe one individual who was a little bit insecure, one of the younger actors. Of course I can’t tell you who it was, I don’t want to make it an issue. I enjoyed playing my part and that’s the memory I want to take away from it.
While you were on this long hiatus, did you ever feel like pursuing something apart from acting?
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