In an exclusive chat with indianexpress. I am right now at a pretty happy place. When I had started, obviously Pyaar Ka Punchnama had given me a very good start.
It got me awards, accolades, everything. But, with it came the same kind of roles and characters, that too in comedy. My focus has always been on showing different sides of me as an actor.
When did this realisation strike you? When did you become so calculative about the kind of films you want to be a part of? Since the very beginning actually.
After Punchnama, when I started getting calls, I was very happy that I was received so well. But then at the same time, I was offered the same kind of roles.
So I was okay with doing comedy, but it was very important for me to do "Divyendu sharma wife sexual dysfunction" stuff as well. It was very important for me to be satisfied as an actor, as an artiste, and that comes only if you do roles that challenge you as an actor. How open are you to playing supporting roles, and for how long? Otherwise I was always playing the parallel lead.
Things have opened up a lot now. Every role is important in the stories that we are telling because writers are giving flesh to every character. And the audience is also demanding such wholesome stories now.
For someone like me, who comes from a film school like FTII, we are always on the lookout for new platforms. Because at the end of the day, as an actor, you are only looking out for great stories, and the characters that you really want to play. These days, all the good work globally is happening on the web.