Samir Soni is happy with the graph of his career. Having started his career with TV show A Mouthful of Sky (1996) and film China Gate (1998), the actor is grateful for the opportunities he has had in his 21-year-old career. “I can die peacefully now as I have done everything,” he quips.
Samir adds, “I have done all kinds of projects from music videos, ads, many Hindi films, one English film, TV shows and been part of theatre with my play being the longest running play in Mumbai. Now, I am working on a web series and have even written a script and directed a film. I am excited about the web series for Ekta Kapoor and a TV show for Vikram Bhatt, which is a remake of a Turkish show.”
Samir is confounded that invariably he is cast as a suave, rich guy who wears a suit. “I don’t know why that is? Perhaps the fact, that I was an investment banker before I became an actor and got stuck with this image due to herd mentality. There is a pattern to casting me, I might play a positive or negative character but my character is always the good-looking guy. It can get a bit annoying,” he says with a laugh.
"Big Chief", one of my proudest creations. pic.twitter.com/Rely4sWeUL— Samir Soni (@samirsoni123) November 2, 2016
The Parichay actor is looking forward to the web series as he feels he will experience a different audience. He says his approach to work has always been the same but he feels “nice to be wanted even today”. He says, “After 20 years, I am still around. I am relevant even today unlike many others. I am happy that I am still getting central roles. I haven’t faded away into obscurity. I feel like the new guy and want to give my best. But people on the sets treat me with much more respect and call me Samir sir, which makes me feel older.”
"Life is like an exam.Many people fail because they try to copy others, not realising that everyone has a different question paper."— Samir Soni (@samirsoni123) October 13, 2016