HIS TIME TO SHINE
Man's World|November 2020
Amit Sadh’s journey may have taken a slower route, but his career graph is proof that slow and steady wins the race, and can look dapper while doing so
Samreen Tungekar

Remember the really cute heart-throb Aditya from Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr? Yes, that was 20 years ago, and I wouldn’t completely blame you if that’s not the first thought that comes to your mind when you think of Amit Sadh, who stood out as Omi In Kai Po Che! first, moving on to more roles, be it an Akira, or a Sultan, and beyond. Sadh hasn’t had the easiest journey, but he’s more than happy with how it’s been, and warmly discusses the growth, taking a break, and the space he’s in today.

While you may not be too familiar with his debut, Sadh looks back at his kickstart fondly. “Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr was a great opportunity at a young age. There was so much learning from my peers, it really gave me hope that I would do well. It set up a good foundation to build on and it got me visibility, which is so important as a young actor,” he recalls.

From commercial TV to reality shows to finally the big screen, Sadh wasn’t someone who was medium-oriented. He just wanted to act. “Over the years, I've worked hard. There is this theory that film actors are better actors, which, I believe, is untrue. A good actor is a good actor, despite the format. Back in those days, TV was made in a different style. It was more melodramatic, and there was a lot of camera work to emphasise emotion. Films were done a little more truthfully,” he describes.

Very candid about the toughest of times, Sadh feels like the wait to get his due was quite unpleasant. He was filled with self doubt, and felt like it’s all too hard. But, he had to keep trying, and boy, are we glad he did. “I woke up each day, and attempted to love again. It took its time, but God showed some mercy, and things got better,” he optimistically says.

20 years is not a short time. There have been blessings, and he’s learned his lessons too. There was a period in between when Sadh went off the grid to take a break to better his skills. What have been his biggest blessings, and hardest lessons? “I went away to better myself as an actor, and as a person. I then came back, and worked even harder to find work again. It took a little while. But the lesson is, it’s okay to go away to work on your craft. You see people take breaks in other fields, but if an actor does it, we all think he's fallen off,” he says.

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