He played an interesting cameo in Dev D. And, if the name Anjum Batra still doesn’t ring a bell, rewind to the actor who mouthed the dialogue in The Dirty Picture: “Arey! Jitne ki tu ticket khareed raha hai, utne me to ladki aa jayegi…”
The 27-year-old Abohar boy is now upbeat about his role in Anurag Kashyap’s production Love Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana where he plays the character of a servant named Dalidri.
“Since I was a part of Dev D, Anurag Kashyap already knew me. Unlike most other characters played by me, where I support a beard and moustache and portray negative shades, in Luv Shuv… I am seen as a clean-shaven, fun-loving guy who is very hospitable. He is treated as a family member and has a habit of inviting guests and serving them.”
Sharing various facets of his acting career, he says, “I passed out from the department of Indian theatre, Panjab University in 2008. I was rehearsing for a department play, when the casting director of Dev D, Gautam Krishan Chandani, noticed me. I was auditioned at Neelam Mansingh’s house and offered the role of Sunil in Dev D. Then I played the leading role of Anmol in TV serial Chadeya Chann Samundro Paar for Just Punjabi in 2009.”
Batra then shifted his base to Mumbai in 2010. “For a year I did not get any work in Mumbai. That was the time when my family supported me a lot. Finally, I got to play a negative lead for a story in Crime Patrol for Sony TV, which was followed by negative leads in another 10 stories. My negative roles were appreciated. I have recently completed shooting three episodes for Saavdhan India on Life Ok.”
The actor claims to be very ‘choosy’ when it comes to work. “I believe in quality. Besides working with some of the best directors in the film industry, I have also done advertisements with people such as Pardeep Sarkar, and a cameo in Force. I have a number of commercials. The going definitely gets easier if you have the right contacts but in this field, luck matters a lot. However, self-confidence is a trait that sees one through every up and down. There is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ actor. One is either an actor or not.”