The newest talent hunting ground for Bollywood is now at the local performance arena. After models and TV starlets, it’s now local musicians who are turning to the big screen. With Shaa’ir n Func’s Monica Dogra spending more time on screen than onstage, a bevy of city musicians are following suit. Recently Vishal Dadlani played a cameo in Tees Maar Khan and now the newest import to B-Town comes with drummer Sidd Coutto and singer/songwriter Ankur Tewari, who will turn actors for debutant director Neerav Ghosh’s film Soundtrack.
A remake of It’s All Gone Pete Tong, Soundtrack deals with the ultimate rock ’n roll story where success comes padded with alcohol, drug and sex. “I loved the script, so I knew I had to take it up,” says Sidd Coutto of Tough on Tobacco, who plays a drummer in the film. Coutto will team up with Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Anurag Kashyap and others, as well as bandmate Ankur Tewari in this film.
“Ankur and I have composed music for Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, but acting together is quite different,” he says. Though his reel and real character are not much different, Coutto confesses that acting doesn’t come easy. “I know I’m never going to be a big actor. Music is what I do best. Recently at the shoot, I had to be angry for a scene. I remember fidgeting for half an hour thinking of ways to express anger.”
His counterpart Tewari is much at ease with facing the camera. Having donned the hat of a scriptwriter and director previously, the musician has also acted in films like Luck By Chance and Slumdog Millionaire. Up next, Tewari will be seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf. “Acting is fun yet tiring. You need to be more patient to be an actor. Between Sidd, Neerav and cameraman Anshuman, there has been a lot of jamming on the sets. The movie-music circle has been going round since the early 80s when Zakir Hussain made his acting debut in Heat and Dust. I’m not thinking of acting so much, but I’m open to collaborating if interesting projects come my way.”