Actor Vineet Kumar Singh recalls his struggle in the industry, working with Anurag Kahsyap and his future plans
Doctor-turned-actor, Vineet Kumar Singh, is riding the high wave as his character in the week-old Ugly is receiving critical acclaim. He already has two big releases lined up for 2015a��Sudhir Mishraa��s Aur Devdas and Bollywood Diaries with Raima Sen. a�?Aur Devdas is different. My character is an addition and will not be found in the novel. I am Paroa��s other lover. As for Bollywood Diaries (by K D Satyam)a��there are three parallel stories and I am part of one of them. The stories are about those who want to make it big in Bollywood,a�? explains Singh.
Hailing from Varanasi, he always wanted to be an actor. a�?My father was a mathematics teacher and forced me to study medicine. So I completed my MD in Ayurveda and started pursuing my dream,a�? says the actor, who is in his early 30s. Having struggled in the industry for 11 yearsa��as an assistant director to Mahesh Manjrekar, a side kick in Bhojpuri films, andA� doing small roles in Bengali filmsa�� Singh finally got his break in 2012 as Danish Khan in Anurag Kashyapa��s Gangs of Wasseypur. It was followed by Bombay Talkies, a film made last year as a tribute to 100 years of cinema. As for working with Kashyap, Singh says, a�?I like his character constructiona��they all have a shade of grey. Kashyap is a task master, too. In fact in Ugly, I got slapped 50 times for a shot,a�? he laughs.