"I have no qualms being a character actor,” declares Ranvir Shorey, when I meet him at Mehboob Studios where he’s doing a photo-shoot for the publicity of Percept Picture Company’s Traffic Signal.
After years of making people laugh on the small screen, he’s tasted success on the big screen with Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Khosla Ka Ghosla.
It’s another thing that he also came into media focus after reports of his seeing Konkona Sen Sharma made news earlier this year.
On one hand he’s playing character roles in commercial films, while on the other he’s playing the lead in niche films.
“I love playing characters,” he says, adding, “As for lead roles in Mixed Doubles and Mithiya, they’re character driven films.” Considering he’s synonymous with comedy on the small screen, is he a spontaneous actor or does he follow a method?
“If you’re talking of method acting per se, then no,” he says matter-of-factly. “There is some method that I follow. But I don’t want to linger over it because I don’t think anyone is interested as long as I’m doing my job right.”
His decision to act in a film is influenced by “story, screenplay, my character and the director,” he says, adding, “I’m doing Traffic Signal because it’s a good role — that of a drug addict. I haven’t played a character like this.”
He doesn’t care if he wasn’t the first choice for Mixed Doubles director Rajat Kapoor’s next, Mithya.
“Actually Saif Ali Khan was considered first,” he informs, adding, “Rajat is a dear friend. I would have even be a spot boy in his film.” But now that he’s done it, he’s elated having shared the screen with Naseeruddin Shah