After having established himself as one of the biggest names on the small screen, Ronit Roy’s career has taken flight after he signed on Vikramaditya Motwane’s upcoming film, Udaan.
The film was selected in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category of the Cannes film festival recently, and the actor got a chance to interact with a few Hollywood executives while there.The actor reveals that a Hollywood movie is in the pipeline. "I had a meeting with some people there, and I have been asked to be a part of it." Roy says. "It is a commercial Hollywood movie about a man’s self-discovery. It’s not based in India."
After brother Rohit received critical acclaim for his short film, Rice Plate, in Sanjay Gupta’s Dus Kahaniyan, Roy wants to turn director in the future too.
Roy, who has directed a few episodes of the TV soap, Bandini, says that he doesn’t want to make a movie for “the heck of it.”
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“I would love to make a film but I’ve not been moved by any script so far,” he says. “My film should tell a story.” Roy says he had been considering a script in the past but that has been taken over by someone else.
Though the actor has played conventional TV characters, Roy is playing a typical role of a 17-year-old protagonist’s strict father in Udaan. “But it wasn’t a conscious decision on my part – life has pretty much happened to me,” Roy smiles.
“Though it seems like a negative character, I have tried finding a sensibility in him. My character’s a lonely man, whose life is in shambles. I could understand his frustration, since I have encountered many closed doors in my life too.”
Roy reveals that like his character in the movie, his own father was strict and wanted him to take up a conventional career. “However, my father never drove me to do anything, he just wanted me to be educated,” he says.
“In Udaan, I haven’t tried to draw parallels from my childhood. Instead of understanding Rajat’s (Barmecha) character, who plays my son, I have deliberately tried not understanding it.