Though Sharad Kelkar started his acting career on TV, he transitioned to the next level, films, seamlessly. The actor has done movies like Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), Lai Bhaari (2014) and Hero (2015), among others.
And, he is currently juggling Hindi, Marathi and Telugu projects. When we caught up with Sharad recently, he told us that the quality of a role matters more to him than its length.
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Here, we talk about that, and more.
You have been doing films in multiple languages. Is that a conscious decision?
Yes, it’s all about acting; language shouldn’t be a barrier. I have been lucky to have done some good films. Working with John Abraham in Rocky Handsome was wonderful. I have also worked with Riteish Deshmukh and Ranveer Singh, and we are good friends. I also couldn’t have asked for a better Telugu film debut than working alongside Pawan Kalyan (actor).
Do you find it difficult to juggle projects in three languages?
Not at all. It’s all about how you deal with pressure and stress. Life becomes easy if you take it easy. You should enjoy your work, and do it honestly that is the mantra I follow. Maybe I will do a Bangla film next (laughs).
How important is the length of a role to you in a film?
For me, the quality of a role is more important than its length. I look at how my character is positioned in the film. I want to stand out in a movie, even if I have only one good scene. I don’t want to be seen throughout the film, and have no scope for performance.
So, is TV on the back-burner for now?
My detective show, Agent Raghav, has ended. It might have a second season in October. But right now, there is no TV for me.
Do you think doing TV and films simultaneously helps an actor’s career?
Doing TV makes you financially secure. So, you get to choose your movies accordingly. But, life becomes stressful when you juggle TV and films. I remember how I used to shoot in Hyderabad for my Telugu film in the morning, come to Mumbai to shoot for my TV show at night, and then fly back to Hyderabad early next morning. I did this for two months, and it was very tiring.
Tell us about your upcoming projects.
I recently finished shooting for a Marathi movie. I also have a Hindi film that will release soon. I am currently enjoying my break. I want to take it easy for the next few months. I want to wrap up my earlier commitments before taking on any new work.