An interview conducted in a vanity van usually doesn’t leave an interviewer with many questions unanswered. This might have something to do with the fact that the interviewee is comfortable in own space. So, when we found Angad Bedi in his vanity van parked outside Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Wednesday, he chose to answer every query shot to him, much to our delight.
Son of famous cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi, 29-year-old Angad has been in the midst of a controversy ever since he was arrested some months ago by the Mumbai police for being present at a ‘rave’ party. While it was alleged that Angad tested positive for consumption of drugs, the actor denies these charges. “My name is going to get cleared soon and I’m also planning to hold a press conference in the coming days. I deliberately kept quiet at that time.
This is probably the first time that I’m going on record to clarify that it was an unfortunate incident, where I was present at the wrong place, at the wrong time. I don’t even know what a rave party is. If you reach a party at 6.30 pm and by 6.45 pm the cops come and term it as a rave party, then it’s really surprising. One goes through bad times,” the actor, who was last seen in Hindi film Faltu, says. Angad adds that he only drinks wine, that too occasionally. “I have a lot of knowledge about wines. I come from a Sardar family and things like this do affect us. My father was shocked and disturbed,” he says sadly.
Wanting to put the unfortunate incident behind, Angad reveals he is excited about shooting in the city for his upcoming debut Punjabi film, Rangeelay. Angad claims he was offered four other Punjabi films before he signed the Navaniat Singh-directed movie that also stars Jimmy Sheirgill and Neha Dhupia. “Two of the four films that came my way and which I rejected, turned out to be super hits. But there’s no point talking about them now. I was doing Faltu at that time and I preferred to stick to it,” he reasons.
Did he always want to be an actor? “I played cricket for seven years, from the age of 13 to 20. But then, when there was a point of conflict, I quit cricket. My family was really supportive. I have been very dramatic since I was a child and somewhere in my heart I aspired to be an actor. In fact, once when I was seven, my father woke me to go for cricket practice and mouthed a famous Amitabh Bachchan dialogue, ‘Rishte mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hai… aur naam hai shehanshah.” Hearing this he had a good laugh.”
Meanwhile, Angad’s role in Rangeelay is ‘to die for’, he says, offerring, “I’m playing a double role of a character named Vicky Gill. While one Vicky is very positive, the other is extremely negative. In fact, the positive Vicky Gill makes the negative Vicky look even more negative.”
Angad also recently featured on the cover page of Brunch, as a groomed man representing a modern generation. However, the actor believes there should be a balance maintained. “I believe men should be men. Grooming is very essential at a basic level. Would you like to go on a date with someone who regularly gets manicures or pedicures done? Looking after yourself is good, but I actually don’t sit in a parlour every month,” Angad says.