Suhel Seth is always a delight to talk to. His sense of humour makes interviewing him all the more interesting. The columnist, author and socialite, who is presently in Kolkata to shoot for his debut Bengali film, Senapati, says that the people of America have shown their unintelligence by even getting Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, this far. “I hope he doesn’t become the president. He will be a disaster,” says Seth, who has acted in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish and Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Seth will be seen playing Max Wheeler, an undercover FBI agent, in director Riingo’s gangster film. The filmmaker informs that he couldn’t think of a better person than Seth to play this pivotal character in the film. “I needed someone who had the attitude and swag. I have incorporated Suhel’s traits in the character too,” says Riingo. The film tracks the rise and fall of a gangster family.
Seth, who played a character inspired by tycoon Vijay Mallya in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Calendar Girls, informs that he was always interested in doing Bengali films but nobody ever approached him. “I have never worked with Riingo. I have also not worked in a Bengali film and I thought it will be an important milestone for me. The plot is interesting,” says Seth, who considers Kolkata, his birthplace, as the best city.
That said, Seth doesn’t keep track of Bengali and Bollywood releases. He has watched quite a few the old Bengali classics but doesn’t watch the new films. Making a candid confession, he cheekily says, “I haven’t even watched the films I have acted in.”
Seth, who shares that theatre is his first love, says that acting in films is his hobby. Ask him about the recent debate on banning of Pakistani actors working in India, and he says, “I don’t want to get involved in this. People are ultra sensitive about things like nationalism and religion. To each his own. I have nothing to say.”