Vinay Pathak may be remembered for his funny roles in films these days, but most old-timers will recall the hit Channel V show, Oye, that he used to host with friend-actor Ranvir Shorey years ago. Ask him if he plans on returning to television and he sounds positive. “I am absolutely open to doing television if an opening appears or something good comes my way,” says Pathak, who will be seen in Deepa Sahi’s debut film, Tere Mere Phere on September 30. “She is my oldest friend in Mumbai, and when she was making her debut as a director, I had to be a part of the film,” he adds.
But what really sold the film to him was the fact that it was to have a travelling shooting schedule. “That was a great hook for me. I am a traveller and both these aspects came together perfectly,” says the actor, who was last seen in Bheja Fry 2, the sequel to the 2007 hit directed by Sagar Ballary.
Even though he’s anything but a singer off-screen, he played the role of a budding singer in both the films and has also signed a film on the life of music legend RD Burman, titled R.D. He laughs, “This is something I absolutely didn’t design.”
Vinay insists that the script is the deciding factor for him when it comes to picking films, but R.D. is a project he agreed to do without seeing it on paper as it is still being written. “Soumik Sen is a wonderful writer. And I know the kind of madness he stands for. He’s going to come up with something. As of now I have no idea what the film is going to be about,” he says.
A few days ago, reports claimed that the actor was also being considered for the remake of Malayalam film Traffic. Quiz him on the same and he responds with complete surprise: “Traffic remake? The Hollywood film or some other? I don’t have any knowledge about it, I think they’ve got the wrong number,” he says jokingly.