Vivek Mushran: People got stuck with my ilu ilu image and didn’t think of my in different roles
Actor Vivek Mushran won hearts when he portrayed the role of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s gay uncle in the recently released film, Veere Di Wedding. However, the actor feels that he somewhat lacks behind in his career and hasn’t been fortunate enough to experiment with different kind of roles. Having made his acting debut in the 1991 film Saudagar, Vivek feels that he is “the most untapped actor” in Bollywood. From being stuck in a chocolate boy image to being media shy to his desire to a lot of roles that earned a lot of praise, the actor opens up in this candid conversation.
Looking back upon your journey from Saudagar to Veere Di Wedding, how’s the feeling like?
Well, I’ve survived but I’m not at all content. I’m really hungry and want to do a lot of good work. I’m the most untapped actor — an undiscovered gold mine for filmmakers. There’s so much more in me but unfortunately industry has formed its own perceptions about me that they haven’t offered me a lot of roles. I understand it takes time to break them and I hope to do that. When I did Tamasha, it broke a few and now I hope VDW can break a few more.
What kind of perceptions are you talking about?
I feel people got stuck with my ilu ilu image from Subhai Ghai’s Saudagar. They still remember me from that, though it’s encouraging in a way. Even youngsters and kids, who were not born then, whenever they see me, they mention that [song]. That chocolate boy image was so strong that it stayed on, which is good also but the other side of it is that people don’t see you doing other roles. I am happy that it’s finally changing.
From lead roles now doing supporting roles, do you still wish you got lead parts?
As an actor, I’d love to do more and more kind of roles and obviously lead roles too. Basically, you get to only choose from what is offered to you rather than whine about what can be there. I believe in being realistic and do what I am getting. Though, whenever I see any actor doing a great role, whether it’s lead or supporting, there’s that desire that I wish I got to do that. Woh bookh toh rehti hai hamesha.
Any role in particular you saw and wished you got to do that?
There are so many of them that I felt that I could have done equally well. It’s a variety of people and not just any once actor. Also, the industry is going through a good phase as far as roles are concerned and you see such great cinema. Audience is thronging the theatres for so much variety of cinemas, so I wish I get the chance too.
So what’s next coming up?
I am hoping something good comes my way. I’ve just finished a web series and did a short film, which I made it myself —acted and directed too. I guess the reason why I lagged behind so much is because I have not been very visible as such. Media mein bahut kam hota hoon. Cameras dekhta hoon to side se nikal jata hoon. But I need to make a little more effort in the front, so that casting guys take notice of me.
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