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Talking at gunpoint

india Updated: Sep 18, 2009 20:33 IST
Kirti Mehta
Kirti Mehta
Hindustan Times
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He was looking for his lost gun. So why did Shreyas Talpade came dressed in a khaki vardi to Delhi recently? Well, it was to promote his recent release Aagey Se Right. But before he could get to his gun, we got to the actor for a few quick takes on his work.

The actor, who was caught at Howzzat, Galaxy Hotel in Gurgaon, says he hopes to try his hand at various genres, including comedy, which he took up in Aagey Se Right. That’s exactly why after his serious role in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Iqbal, Talpade took up films like Golmaal Returns and Welcome to Sajjanpur, both of which fetched him rave reviews for his comic timing and screen presence. He says, “It is a serious thing to make people laugh genuinely. One should be able to make out whether the viewers enjoyed the movie or if they were sleeping in the movie hall.”

Now trying his hand at new genres like horror and drama, the actor says, “I am doing movies like Hook Ya Crook, Click and Season’s Greetings. I want to try out different things in life, entertain people with the work I do and not get typecast as a single character.”

Having worked with the best directors in industry, his favourite, he says, is Rajkumar Santoshi. “I like almost every director’s work, as they come from different schools of thought and portray them well. But I really like Rajkumar Santoshi’s work, especially Damini, Ghayal, Khaki and China Gate. They were fantastic.”

And how do fans usually react on seeing him? “Earlier, people would recognise me as Iqbal, but recently, when I had gone for a walk, I heard some kids saying, ‘Dekho Sajjanpur wala hero’. It felt nice,” he signs off.