Funny man Chunky Pandey might not have had the most envious film career, but he has no regrets about it. He says he enjoys everything he does. And the latest thing he’s enjoying is being on a comedy TV show. In this interview, the 51-year-old talks about not getting his due in the film industry and more.
At this stage in your life, is work more about having fun rather than just about bagging the biggest projects?
Whatever I do, I enjoy myself. But it’s also great to be in big projects, as you get noticed.
Like your peers (the Khans and Ajay Devgn, among others) who are actively vying for lead roles, do you also feel the need to have a certain stature in the industry?
I know what I am, where I come from, and where I am going. I’m quite content. Whether someone uses me in the publicity stages of a film or not doesn’t matter. I don’t care where my name is featured (in the credits). I just enjoy my work; if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be doing it.
Do you think you’ve been taken seriously as an actor?
People should take me more seriously. I should have got a better deal in my career, but everything has its time. You can’t rush things, feel remorse or regret. I’ve seen the best, the worst and everything in between.
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You’re close friends with several top Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan. Have you ever benefited from these friendships, career-wise?
We’ve worked together at various stages. I was in
’s Don (2006). Things have to fall in place for us to act together. I am sure if they (film-makers) have roles for me, they will approach me. There’s no compulsion for us to work together. We are there for each other as friends. If you cash in on people, then they aren’t your friends.
You have two young daughters; are they interested in Bollywood?
They haven’t shown any inclination yet, and they’re still in school. They can choose any path in life and I’ll support them totally; be it acting or being an astronaut. Earlier people had reservations (about daughters entering films), but now things are cool.