How do you look back at ‘Tum Bin’ today?
I look back at it today as a part of my journey into the world of movies. It was one of my first few baby steps in the field of acting.
How did you come on board for the film?
I came on board for the film after a long-drawn-out series of screen tests, auditions, and a music video.
Did you anticipate that the film will be such a big hit?
It was somewhat of a sleeper hit, and yes, I did expect it to do reasonably well. I received favourable reactions from the audience after the film’s release.
You also garnered a lot of female fan-following after the film…
That was a purely unintentional development and it took a lot of time for me to get used to it. I feel it was not me but my character Shekhar Malhotra who received all the love.
How was it working with Anubhav Sinha?
It was a professional sort of a working relationship.
Can you share any fun anecdotes from your shooting days?
I can’t remember much about it as it was too far back in time. However, it was a pretty serious set-up.
The film had some memorable songs that are loved even today. Which one was your favourite?
The song ‘Koi Fariyad’ by the legendary singer Jagjit Singh Sahab stands out in my mind as the best of the lot.
You have been in this industry for 20 years now. How has your journey been so far?
From news-reading in the early morning slots on UGC in ‘95-‘96 to acting in movies, it’s been 25 years of humble beginnings to modest achievements. I have absolutely no regrets, only gratitude.
If you were to debut in today’s time, what kind of film would you choose?
The industry is, as it was always, selling entertainment so I see no change there. The cyclical flavours of entertainment keep changing, rotating, if you please. Yes, if I was to debut in today’s scenario, I would love to start out with a musical comedy.
There has been a surge of new content on OTT. How do you look at it as an actor?
As an actor, it’s great to have the range and volume of work provided by the OTT platforms.
How have you been dealing with the pandemic?
I have just been cleaning, cooking, indulging in my hobbies, etc. So far so good, I say!
What’s next is the third wave.