Amit Sadh shares his theory of life and why he is more than ready to play ordinary men-turned-heroes
Actor Amit Sadh had it rough before he shot to fame with his break-out role in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che. “For an actor, struggle never diminishes. It is a continuous process. It starts with getting a film, its release, success rate, then getting a better role and it goes on. Struggle could be physical, spiritual or external. I think struggle is beautiful and is all about how you take it. But otherwise, I have had my drill—I have worked as a security, been homeless on the footpath. I think my life can be a good story and I hope to write an autobiography some day,” begins the actor who has also been part of television. For now, the 36-year-old is excited about his line-up for 2015.
Year of promises
First up is Runningshaadi.com, a rom-com set in Punjab. “Like the name suggests, the film is about people who help other people elope. It is a cute love story, produced by Shoojit Sircar. Then I have Guddu Rangeela in which I play Guddu with Arshad Warsi. It is a story about two brothers, their antics, fights and more. It is a fun film. More like Ram Lakhan. The third film is Yaara, directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, and has Shruti Haasan and Vidhyut Jamwal. This one is an epic gangster movie that takes place over three time periods—1955, 1975 and 2005. I play a 25-year-old and a 45-year-old, too,” he explains. Sadh is currently working on putting on weight to play the 45-year-old, in Yaara. “I have facial hair and have put on 12 kilos, with 10 more to go,” he says. The actor had a two-and-a half year break after Kai Po Che due to a leg injury caused while shooting Guddu Rangeela. “I had no films for seven years after which I got Kai Po Che. Then I had to wait for two-and-half years for my next release. I think the wait made me stronger mentally and helped me evolve as an actor. I am very calm and composed, and will take things as they come,’’ he says. Losing his parents at a young age, he reveals, has taught him to be strong. ‘‘I recently watched Birdman and Edward (Norton) steals the show. If I get a chance to give a performance like that, I wouldn’t mind waiting for five years for my next film,” he insists.
This and that
While the film industry thrives on contacts, Sadh chose to think differently. “I don’t think you need to be in the right place or with the right people to get your work done or to get good roles. I don’t even have an agent who will get me work. If I go to a party, then it is for the party. If I need work, I will approach a producer straight up,” says the actor, who would love to work in different genres. “I am a greedy actor. I want to play everything from a sportsman, a climber or a diver. I like real life stories, I like stories of ordinary men who have survived and have achieved something in life,” he signs off.
Guddu Rangeela is scheduled to release in the first half of the year.
— Mrinalini Sundar