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I’ve seen people jump into films without knowing what they are about: Sharad Kelkar

Actor Sharad Kelkar, who portrayed negative characters in the films Bhoomi and Baadshaho (2017), says that he picks films that he really wants to do, and that approach has helped me him a lot.

bollywood Updated: Feb 11, 2018 15:10 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Sharad Kelkar,Nawazuddin Siddiqui,Irrfan
Actor Sharad Kelkar was seen playing the role of an antagonist in Sanjay Dutt -starrer Bhoomi (2017).

Actor Sharad Kelkar has portrayed some powerful characters on the screen. Whether it has been the character of the principal antagonist or an extended cameo, he says he has taken his time and chosen the right projects.

“I am happy with the way things have shaped up. I always wanted to go slow and was never in a rush. I have seen people from TV just jumping for a film — not seeing what the film is exactly. They think ‘I am getting the lead role and I am playing the hero’ and then percentage of failure is much higher than success for such films,” he says, adding that he had decided very early that he won’t take up any work just for the heck of it.

“I don’t want to just work around. I want to choose films that I really want to do. And that approach has helped me a lot. I don’t think that in every film that you do, you have to be the hero and then whether the film is releasing or not, you are not bothered. So, I go a little slow, as I want to stay there,” shares the actor, who has been a part of films such as Ram-Leela (2013), Mohenjo Daro (2016), Bhoomi and Baadshaho (2017).

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On what really inspired this thought process, Sharad muses, “I have seen actors like Nawazuddin [Siddiqui] and Irrfan playing a hero at the age of 44, and they, too, have worked in TV. But patience and the kind of work they chose made them a hero and gradually a star now. So, I want to go in that order.”

While actors hailing from a TV background often admit to feel insecure when they start out with films, Sharad says he’s been lucky that way. “Touchwood, the industry has welcomed me very nicely and my journey has been pretty smooth. All my co-stars have been very sweet and I think it’s because of my karma that not for once I was treated like an outside in this industry. Be it John Abraham, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn or anyone else, they all have been really supporting, and I share a great chemistry with them,” says Sharad.

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First Published: Feb 11, 2018 15:10 IST