Barun Sobti made headlines when he quit his TV show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon in 2012. He bagged three films after that, including a John Abraham production Satra Ko Shaadi Hai and 22 Yards. But besides Main Aur Mr. Riight (2014), his other films are still in various stages of production. However, with the recent premiere of his fourth film Tu Hai Mera Sunday at the London Film Festival (UK), and will also be screened at the MAMI film festival in Mumbai. Barun is ecstatic.
You’ve been busy of late. What has kept you occupied?
I was shooting for a web series called Tanhaiyaan with Surbhi Jyoti, which should wrap up by December. I was working on Tu Hai Mera Sunday, which was screened at the London Film Festival and at the MAMI film festival in Mumbai. We are looking at an early release next year. I should finish shooting for my other movie, 22 Yards, by December too.
Two of your films have been delayed for various reasons. While other actors would have lost hope, you didn’t give up. What has kept you going?
I have had an enormous amount of support from my wife, Pashmeen. I was taken care of financially, which helped me carry on doing good work. Everyone has a different life story. Things happen rapidly for someone and things move slowly for others. As I was being choosy with my work, only a few offers were coming my way. The belief in myself and people’s support helped me a lot. Everyone around me believes in me as a (hard-working) person and actor. So, there was never a time when things weren’t working out. After a point, I reached a stage where I felt I had shown a lot of courage by following my dreams. Thankfully, the wait has started to pay off now.
The success of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon seems to be never-ending. You went to Turkey earlier this year to meet fans who were watching the show there.
When I went to Turkey, the show was airing there in their language. The fact that the show has gone to some 50-odd countries and made a huge impact everywhere proves that the story is well told. Good content isn’t restricted by language.