Veteran Mumbai-based actor and a native of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Kuldeep Sarin will feature in a forthcoming film based on Nobel laureate, Malala, ‘Gul Makai (Malala)’. The film is likely to be released next year.
Excerpts of an exclusive interaction with Mitaan Express-
Please tell us something about your forthcoming film which is based on Malala’s life?
I am extremely delighted about my role as a Major working in a Pakistani army in the forthcoming film. This proposed movie is expected to be a blockbuster, as millions of people wish to know more and more about the Nobel laureate Malala. It is known that Malala was shot at by Taaliban and hence the film reveals more such interesting facts relating to Malala. I’ve just come to Mumbai after finishing a 10-day shoot for the film in Gujarat.
Which are your other forthcoming films?
Apart from the film based on Malala, I’m also working in a film ‘Phati Pari Hai Yaar’.
You have also worked in the recently released film, ‘Qaidi Band’ which bombed at box office?
Yes, you are right. The big banner film ‘Qaidi Band’, which was released on August 25. Even though the film might not have come to the aspirations of the film-buffs, still I can only say that my character in the film, which was of a jail warden, was well appreciated.
But your earlier film, ‘Rangoon’ also met the same fate?
Yes, the Hindi language drama film ‘Rangoon’ starring Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj which was also the big-banner one. However, the film also met the same destiny as that of ‘Qaidi Band’. Still, I would like to tell you one good thing associated with ‘Rangoon’ that the film begins with my character and even ends with my character only.
How did your journey to Bollywood begin?
Well. I hail from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. I started my career as a theatre artist way back in 1986 from New Delhi. It was in the year 1998 when I joined National School of Drama’s (NSD) Reportory and remained associated with it until 2003. I came to Mumbai in the year 2004 and so far I’ve acted in around 35 movies.
Some of my popular films include ‘Don’, ‘Black & White’, ‘Tere Sang’, ‘Bara Aana’, ‘Striker’, ‘Lamha’, ‘Life Ki To Lag Gayi’, ‘Tamanche’, ‘O Teri’ and ‘Raag Desh’. Besides, I’ve also acted in a host of ad films and TV series. However, for my present identity in Bollywood, I owe it to the TV series ‘Crime Patrol’.
You are an established actor in Bollywood now. Was it a kind of cakewalk for you?
Not at all. I have seen my earlier days in career which were full of hardships. I had to make rounds of production houses, distribute my photos among the film fraternity and even I had to wait for hours outside film directors’ offices in my hectic bid to attract their attention in past.
Do you think if the same story continues when it comes to the aspiring actors of the day too?
The scenario has changed now. I mean that the things have changed for positive for today’s aspiring actors. What they need to do is to send their pics through either mail or even on Whatsapp to the casting directors and the film directors. And it is how they receive calls for appearing in audition test for films or TV series.
You’ve faced camera with SRK in your early days. Pl tell something about that?
Most people think that Shahrukh Khan (SRK) first faced the camera through a TV serial which was based on the life of armymen. But let me tell you that it is not true. Earlier, there was a short film, which was based on architecture students hailing from an architectural college of New Delhi. I and Shahrukh faced the camera for the first time while shooting for the film.
What is the difference in working for a TV serial and films as well?
I’ve worked for a good number of TV serials before I switched over to silver screen. Some of the TV serials for which I have acted in past include ‘Kumkum’ and ‘Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo’ and of course ‘Crime Patrol’.
I am of firm belief that there may be some benefits to working in films, but if you work in a TV serial, then you will be remembered for a long period of time.
Mostly you have been seen on screen as a police inspector or an Army officer. How would you like to react?
Actually it was my role as a police inspector in the TV serial Crime ‘Patrol’ which gave me an image of a police officer and it was followed by a host of roles I was offered of similar ones. However, I would like to add here that I am a diversified actor who can do justice with any role which is offered to me in future.