Actor Shreyas Talpade says he is not here to run a rat race unlike several other Bollywood actors. The actor, who has been part of critically acclaimed films such as Iqbal, Dor, Welcome to Sajjanpur, also has to his credit commercially viable films such as Om Shanti Om, Golmaal 3, Housefull 2, but he says this categorisation doesn’t really matter to him .
“Honestly, the budget doesn’t decide the fate of a film. Today, audiences just want a good entertaining film and they don’t care about the 100-crore club,” says Talpade, adding, “(Also), it doesn’t matter whether the movie has newcomers or old timers, the Internet generation just wants to watch good stuff.”
Not calling himself as someone who’s very choosy about scripts, the 40-year-old actor shares, “There are times when you hear stories or one line and you feel like hearing the entire narration but the film tends to go vague. So I want to be part of films that are positive, unique and original.”
Talpade, who started his acting career with Marathi soaps, has also been part of several Marathi films besides Hindi movies and he says it’s by choice he works in different languages. “There was a time when people felt that an actor might not get work in Bollywood after working in regional cinema. Even TV stars had the same apprehension but that’s passé now. Whoever started doing that earlier comes across as an ambassador or a pioneer now,” shares the actor who hails from a theatre background.
He further asserts that he picks work that appeals to his heart and would impress viewers and it need not be commercially huge all the time. “That’s me and I cannot change overnight and declare that now I would only do mainstream commercial or action films. It doesn’t work like that. If a story doesn’t appeal to me, it doesn’t make sense for me to say yes to it. Sometimes you do films for your friends, sometimes for the cast involved, sometimes for money and sometimes just for yourself. As an actor, I need that satisfaction that this is the film I needed to do,” he maintains.
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