Anshuman Jha reveals he was offered Saqib Saleem’s role in Dil Juunglee, but he rejected it
Actor Anshuman Jha might have not got his big-ticket film yet, but it isn’t as if he wasn’t offered much. He has rejected a couple of films that were commercially viable.
The actor reveals, “I was offered Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain [which released this year] and the lead role [later played by Saqib Saleem] in Dil Juunglee at the same time. Angrezi… was a film set in Benares, Dil Juunglee was set in London, and everybody thought I should do the latter — bigger name, bigger film. But the script of Angrezi… said so much to me. Both films were shot in 2016, from July to December. Everyone said I was being stupid.”
Anshuman made an impact with his very first film Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (2010), but wasn’t able to follow up the success in films such as Fugly (2014) and X: Past is Present (2015). He says, “It’s a struggle to break the stereotypes. LSD was a hit film directed by Dibakar Banerjee, but I was representing India at the World Theatre Festival that year. After the film’s release, I left for that. Everybody told me ‘You are stupid. Your film just released. Who leaves the country?’. But I have never been who can capitalise on things.”
The actor adds that the reason he bas been “misunderstood a lot of times” is because he has been working on his own. “I have never tried to step on anyone’s toes. Also, it isn’t as if I don’t want to do big commercial films. I am trained in different kinds of dance, parkour, and a black-belt in judo. I just haven’t got the right script [to showcase that],” he adds.
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