Ronit, the bad dad
After being applauded for his turn as an abusive father in Udaan, actor Ronit Roy is playing a bad dad again in Deepa Mehta’s Winds Of Change. The 45-year-old will essay the role of Ahmed Sinai, the father of protagonist Saleem Sinai in the movie adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker-prize winning book Midnight’s Children.
Roy reportedly replaced Irrfan Khan in the movie. “Once again I am playing an intense role of a bad father. I have completed the shooting in Sri Lanka. It was great fun,” says Roy. The actor, who became a household name with his turn as Mr Bajaj in Kasauti Zindagi Ki, now wants to divide his time between small screen and cinema. “I plan to do only two-three movies a year. This way I will have sufficient time to do television,” he says. Roy plays a lawyer KD Pathak in Sony TV’s Adalat and says he does not mind being typecast. “When a director thinks of a character he automatically thinks of a name which he can relate to. Being typecast is not as bad as it is made out to be,” he says.
Roy also plans to join an acting school in August to hone his skills. “I have just awakened as an actor, I am evolving,” says Roy, who doesn’t believe in a godfather to achieve success in the industry. “Having a Godfather is definitely beneficial but you miss out on a lot of valuable lessons that struggle teaches. I would rather fall in the pit and learn,” says the actor.