While people are vying against each other just to catch a glimpse of Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, it is Ajoy Singh who has become a close mate of the actor. This 40 year old speech and hearing impaired, never in his wildest dream had imagined that he would not only act in the romantic thriller Barfee but also help Kapoor with his role.
Kapoor is presently in Darjeeling shooting for Anurag Basu’s Barfee. In the film he plays the role of a speech impaired. Explaining in sign language to HT, 40 year old Singh made clear his excitement and the fact that he has already become a close pal of Kapoor.
“My father was called by Udaya Mani Pradhan, the local production coordinator. I had accompanied my father to the Hotel where Mr. Kapoor is putting up. Since then I have been acting as an interpreter between Ranbir Kapoor and my father” stated Anand Singh, Ajoy’s son, talking to HT.
According to Anand. Kapoor has knowledge of sign language. “However he knows American sign language which is quite different to the Indian version. My father helped Kappor with sign language specially the signs required to express one’s love. Expressing sentences like- I love you; I will lay my heart at your feet. This is required for his role. My father is also is acting in the film, playing the role of Kapoor’s friend” stated Anand.
Even Kapoor has grown very fond of Ajoy. “He likes my father a great deal and says that he too is a good actor” stated Anand. Since early childhood Ajoy has never allowed his disability emerge as a deterrence.
“I knew him since he was 8 years old. He used to stand out amongst his friends in the special school he went too, taking part in entertainment programmes and even rock climbing. After he finished school he went to Delhi and completed a course in book binding” stated Udaya Mani Pradhan, Local Production Coordinator.
Ajoy then had taken up the job of a book binder in a local printing press. Later on he even managed to secure the job of a peon at the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC.) Ajoy is very deft with his hands and takes keen interest in making handicrafts.
“Ajoy has always been a fighter but he is a kind man with an easy disposition", added Pradhan. “It has been great to work with Ajoy. He picks up things very quickly” added Anurag Basu, Director.
As for Anand “My dad has made us all very proud,” he quips.