Sunny Deol’s son in Gadar gears up for debut, agrees that being an industry kid helps an actor
Utkarsh Sharma, who is all set to make his debut as a lead in the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Genius, reveals it’s true that industry kids get their first film easily.bollywood Updated: Aug 01, 2018 17:41 IST
You saw him as Sunny Deol’s kid in the 2001 superhit film Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, but Utkarsh Sharma is all grown up now. He is set to make his debut as a leading man in Genius, opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The film has been directed by Utkarsh’s father, filmmaker Anil Sharma, who directed Gadar also.
Excerpts from an interview:
How excited are you for your first film where you get to play the lead role?
I am very excited to share this film with the audiences. Andar se toh nervousness ho rahi hai (I’m a bit nervous too). I first got myself educated in the craft; I went to an acting school in Los Angeles, did my film direction course. Before that, I assisted papa on Salman Khan’s Veer. So, I had started working since the age of 13. I was always interested in this field.
Everyone remembers you as that little kid from Gadar, who played Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel’s onscreen son. Do you have any memories of that time?
Yes. (laughs) Kabhi train pe dauda rahe the, kabhi chalte truck pe chadha rahe the (They made me run on the railway track or get on to a moving truck) . People would shout at each other, draw out swords, handpump ukhaad rahe the. All of this really transported me into a different era and world. There are a lot of memories. Amrish (Puri) sir and Sunny sir’s scenes would be very exciting. As a five-year old, I wouldn’t understand anything since people would be speaking in Urdu or Punjabi, but their voice would have so many emotions, that even as a child, I would have goosebumps.
You have always worked with your dad, Anil Sharma. How is he as a director? Did you get any special treatment?
Since I have worked with him before, I knew he’s a taskmaster, and I would have to match his passion. For him, work is more important than family. I knew he won’t be treating me as his son, but like any other actor. I too treated him just as my director on-set.
How are you going to tackle the nepotism debate?
First of all, I agree that being an industry kid helps you. As a child actor, I didn’t choose to star in Gadar. We couldn’t find the right kid, at the last moment they has to take me. Even then people would have said ‘He got the role because of his family’ but I would never tell people that I am an industry insider. I knew I had found my passion. Dad has worked with so many big actors, so I knew that if I want to work in films, I would have to get educated in it. I don’t have experience like my co-star Nawazuddin (Siddiqui) sir, but I have tried to fill that through my education.
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First Published: Aug 01, 2018 17:41 IST