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I was the ‘one-take artist’ on Sarbjit sets: Darshan Kumar

Actor Darshan Kumar talks about how his background in theatre has made it relatively easier for him to act on camera.

bollywood Updated: May 12, 2016 08:00 IST
Anjuri Nayar Singh
Actor Darshan Kumar says his background in theatre has made it relatively easier for him to act on camera.
Actor Darshan Kumar says his background in theatre has made it relatively easier for him to act on camera.(Photo: Shivam Saxena/HT)

Actor Darshan Kumar, who started his acting career with theatre, says that performing in front of a live audience is a good training ground for actors.

“Theatre training is a must for all actors. Taking part in plays has helped me in my career. When you are a theatre actor, you start from the scratch. You are not a star with a unit waiting for you. You need to come two hours before the show, prepare and then give your best during the final performance. There are no retakes and you get instant audience feedback. With every performance, you live your character all over again and get to know it better. Every day you discover something new,” he says.

Darshan Kumar and director Oomung Kumar on the sets of Sarbjit.

“Once you have a solid theatre background, acting in front of a camera is a cakewalk. This is why I don’t have to give too many takes to get a scene right,” he adds.

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Darshan, who will be seen in filmmaker Omung Kumar’s Sarbjit, says that the director was thrilled with his acting abilities. “I was known as the ‘one-take artist’ on the sets. This happened in my last film, Mary Kom (2014) too. There was an intense scene where I had to propose to Priyanka (Chopra) and I did that in one take,” he remembers.

“I don’t like to stress my directors and make sure to get to know my character as well as I can, before I start shooting. I feel it’s important to understand the character well to be able to give a good shot. So I like to stick to that rule of mine,” he signs off.

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