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 2015—Sudhir Mishra’s Aur Devdas and Bollywood Diaries with Raima Sen. “Aur Devdas is different. My character is an addition and will not be found in the novel. I am Paro’s other lover. As for Bollywood Diaries (by K D Satyam)—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,” explains Singh.
Hailing from Varanasi, he always wanted to be an actor. “My father was a mathematics teacher and forced me to study medicine. So I completed my MD in Ayurveda and started pursuing my dream,” says the actor, who is in his early 30s. Having struggled in the industry for 11 years—as an assistant director to Mahesh Manjrekar, a side kick in Bhojpuri films, and doing small roles in Bengali films— Singh finally got his break in 2012 as Danish Khan in Anurag Kashyap’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, “I like his character construction—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,” he laughs.