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    With two new independent films and the IPL season underway, Samir Kochhar is on top of his game

    For the next 45 days, Samir Kochhar’s life is going to be about getting into planes, checking into hotels and enjoying cricket. An actor, a reality TV host, a sports commentator, a theatre artiste and a model—we wonder how Kochhar handles it all. “I have never lost focus. I am glad I can cover all formats. I moved from Delhi to be part of the film industry and today, I do so much. But I am also not choosing random projects,” begins the 34-year-old, who has anchored the popular IPL television shows. He has two upcoming independent films doing the festival circuits—Mango Dreams and Island City. “Mango Dreams is by John Upchurch and is a travelogue—about the journey of a father and son to their grassroots. I play the son, an NRI. Island City is about Mumbai and has three stories woven together. It is directed by Ruchika Oberoi,” says the actor. Having worked with the Bhatts in two of their movies—Zeher and Jannat—Kochhar is waiting for the right script for a commercial film. But he is choosy. ‘‘I like quirky scripts that are up-beat and where I can try different acting techniques. I try and follow method acting whenever possible. For a scene in Bade Achee Lagte Hain, I had to be angry, so I had four pegs of whiskey and the shot came out perfectly,’’ he chuckles.
    On the cricket front, Kochhar promises this season of IPL will be bigger. “I have had a longer relationship with IPL than my wife. I have been around since the first season and now we are on the eighth,” remarks Kochhar, who believes IPL is the fusion of entertainment and cricket. “It is a festival, a carnival and, this time, the studios are bigger, more colourful, with special performances and a few film collaborations,” says the excited commentator.
    Mango Dreams releases in the first half of the year.
    For the next 45 days, Samir Kochhar’s life is going to be about getting into planes, checking into hotels and enjoying cricket. An actor, a reality TV host, a sports commentator, a theatre artiste and a model—we wonder how Kochhar handles it all. “I have never lost focus. I am glad I can cover all formats. I moved from Delhi to be part of the film industry and today, I do so much. But I am also not choosing random projects,” begins the 34-year-old, who has anchored the popular IPL television shows. He has two upcoming independent films doing the festival circuits—Mango Dreams and Island City. “Mango Dreams is by John Upchurch and is a travelogue—about the journey of a father and son to their grassroots. I play the son, an NRI. Island City is about Mumbai and has three stories woven together. It is directed by Ruchika Oberoi,” says the actor. Having worked with the Bhatts in two of their movies—Zeher and Jannat—Kochhar is waiting for the right script for a commercial film. But he is choosy. ‘‘I like quirky scripts that are up-beat and where I can try different acting techniques. I try and follow method acting whenever possible. For a scene in Bade Achee Lagte Hain, I had to be angry, so I had four pegs of whiskey and the shot came out perfectly,’’ he chuckles.
    On the cricket front, Kochhar promises this season of IPL will be bigger. “I have had a longer relationship with IPL than my wife. I have been around since the first season and now we are on the eighth,” remarks Kochhar, who believes IPL is the fusion of entertainment and cricket. “It is a festival, a carnival and, this time, the studios are bigger, more colourful, with special performances and a few film collaborations,” says the excited commentator.
    Mango Dreams releases in the first half of the year.
    — Mrinalini Sundar

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