It was reported last week that Vinay Pathak would be assuming the lead role in a desi version of the American TV show, Last Man Standing. Ask him about the rumours, and he says, “The talks are on but nothing is final yet. I can’t say anything at this moment. In a month’s time, things will be clearer.”
The 46-year-old actor, who is known for films such as Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006), Bheja Fry (2007), Dasvidaniya (2008) and Badlapur (2015), says has been offered TV shows in the past as well. “I find myself a limited actor. I need to find the right project to do on television. That’s why I have an impoverished record on TV. I need to find exciting work to do. TV has many different verticals that one could invest in as an actor. Let’s see if this opportunity materializes,” he says.
Vinay, who has worked in TV shows such as Hip Hip Hurray and in comedy shows with Ranvir Shorey, says he doesn’t discriminate when it comes to acting. He says, “Acting is the same in any medium. It is exciting and challenging, and you should do a good job, as the medium is secondary. TV does have different challenges than films or theatre. It tests your ability to meet deadlines. I started my career with TV, and I still hold it very dear and in high esteem.”
Vinay adds that he has “always been doing something or the other on TV”, be it as a host or a comic talent. In fact, he used to host Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai until last year. “The exciting part about the small screen is that every show is unique. The energy and adrenaline of a daily soap, a non-fiction show, or being an actor or a host is different. TV has a huge horizon and there are so many things happening on the medium today. I need to wait and see if I fit somewhere.”
The actor says he is grateful for the “wonderful” opportunities and roles he has received. “I get very specific films and roles. After Bheja Fry’s success, I was inundated with comic roles. Then, after films like Gaur Hari Dastan (2015) and Badlapur, people realized that I could be doing other roles as well. I can’t complain. I am very happy.” Vinay is currently working on a British film as well as a Hindi movie this year.