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Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Sanjai Mishra: Happy that people don’t know me by my name, but by my characters

Actor Bollywood actor Sanjai Mishra, who was seen in the 2017 drama Kadvi Hawa, says that being recognised by the characters he has played, is the biggest award for him.

bollywood Updated: Jan 28, 2018 16:46 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Actor Sanjai Mishra was recently seen in the film Golmaal Again (2017).
Actor Sanjai Mishra was recently seen in the film Golmaal Again (2017).

Actor Sanjai Mishra has been making the audience laugh with his characters in films such as Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, (2010), Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010), Jolly LLB (2013), and Golmaal Again (2017), for some time now. Having been a part of the mainstream film industry for more than two decades now, the actor is happy that people don’t recognise him by his name.

“I am known by the characters I play on the screen, and never by my own name. This, I feel, is the biggest award. People always call me underrated. That’s good for me. Agar overrated hota, toh overdated hota. Hamesha kaam karte raho, dheere-dheere aapka kaam bolega (I would have got outdated if I had been overrated. Keep working, and eventually your work will speak for you),” says the 54-year-old.

Fans might know him best for his comedy roles, but ask if it bothers him, especially with having done power-packed roles in the recent past (Masaan, 2015, Kadvi Hawa, 2017), Mishra says, “I do think about it sometimes. For example, there is singer Anup Jalota, who people know only for his bhajans. Meri doosri audience bhi hai, jo mujhe alag tareeke se dekhti hai (There’s a section of the audience that looks at me in a different way). But I never feel bad that people know me only for my comedy roles — at least they know me!”

The actor adds that until a few years ago, people didn’t even know him. “Par dukh hota hai when someone typecasts me as a comedian. Actor ko actor hi rehne do. Na hi mujhe action star banna hai, na hi comedy star. Main har tarah ki film karna chahta hoon (Let actors remain actors. I neither want to become an action hero nor a comedian),” says Mishra, who will next be seen in Total Dhamaal, starring Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgn, and Anil Kapoor.

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First Published: Jan 28, 2018 16:46 IST