Back in the day, ­artists like KL Saigal and Kishore Kumar started their singing and acting careers at the same time. While they were appreciated for their roles in both the fields, the same can’t be said about a lot of musicians-turned-actors today. As a matter of fact, it’s not just the singers who have tried their hand at acting, even sportspersons have followed suit over the years.
With rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh’s acting debut (in The Xposé) and Vijender Singh’s first Bollywood film (Fugly) set for a June release, we take a deeper look at this trend.
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Then, there are others who don’t regret their decision to branch out into acting, but would rather not return to it.
"The movie that salvaged my respect as an actor was Love In Nepal (2004). A film at the narrative stage can be very deceptive. You need proper guidance to evaluate what will and won’t work," says Nigam, who has acted in duds like Jaani Dushman (2002).
Former cricketer Kambli, who was seen in Annarth (2002) adds, "I wanted to do something off the field. Suniel (Shetty) convinced me. Acting was my hobby, but I had put serious effort into it."
Flop film, hit formula
The past record of these celebrities’ movies has proven that their scope at the box office is limited. But trade experts feel that the reason we continue to hear about such projects is because these casting decisions give them more promotional fodder to work with.
"There is no chance of a ­box-office performance. I don’t think artists from other fields take acting seriously. Casting a Yo Yo or a Vijender just becomes advantageous as people talk about their ­movies," says trade analyst Amod Mehra.