While the lead actors of Tanu Weds Manu Returns — Kangana Ranaut and R Madhavan — have been applauded for their performance, one more person who has managed to make a mark is Deepak Dobriyal. The actor, who plays the affable Pappi in the film, has been lauded for his comic timing. “Everyone has been generous with their compliments. I am shocked. I thought people would just say that I have done a good job, but I didn’t expect them to love my performance so much,” says Deepak.
While he has been part of films such as Omkara (2006) and Not A Love Story (2011) in the past, it was Tanu Weds Manu (2011) that brought him to the forefront. Deepak feels that the best way to get your talent noticed is by working in big-ticket films. “Small films might be interesting, but they aren’t promoted on a huge scale. So, even if you give a performance of a lifetime, it won’t reach a wider audience,” he says.
Even though he has been in the industry for a decade, it’s only in the past few years that he has been acclaimed for his work, Deepak has no complaints. “People might feel that I have got my due late, but I am happy. Farahji (Khan; director) gave me a compliment saying she wants to adopt me. Rajkumar Hiraniji (director), Tigmanshu bhai (Dhulia; director), Irfan bhai, Vishalji (Bhardwaj; director) and Sujoyji’s (Ghosh; director) have all complimented me and that means a lot,” he adds.
On the other hand, the actor also feels that the industry isn’t rigid anymore, and looking good is not the only aspect that guarantees success. “Look at Irrfan bhai. He doesn’t have conventional looks, but his playing a variety of roles.”
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