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Ranvir Shorey: There have been occasions where I had to take up work purely for money

Actor Ranvir Shorey talks about why he doesn’t do more than one film at a time, and his criteria for picking a project.
Actor Ranvir Shorey was seen earlier this year in the web show Sunflower.
Published on Sep 20, 2021 07:24 PM IST
By Rishabh Suri

Ranvir Shorey, in a career spanning almost two decades, has tried his hand at a variety of film genres. A comedy such as Khosla Ka Ghosla, thrillers including Ek Tha Tiger and No Smoking, and a dacoit drama in form of Sonchiriya, he has done it all.

And the actor asserts that even when choosing films which are in the conventional space, they all had something different.

“I have not done too many over-the-top commercial projects. The few (films) I have done also, you will find there was some kind of alternative streak in them. They were not run-of-the-mill stuff. Like, Ek Tha Tiger, directed by Kabir Khan, had some kind of that streak, and even Chandni Chowk to China. I try to keep things more alternative than mainstream,” he tells us.

For the 49-year-old, his criteria for picking a project has remained the same after all these years. “The script, my role in it, and the director, in that order is what that matter to me,” he says.

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However, Shorey reveals that there have been instances when he has compromised on this.

“I have not always stuck to this. There have been occasions where I had to take up work purely for the money, or I did the job purely out of the relationship I had with that person or (for the) friendship. There have been a few (such films). By and large, this has been the criteria for me always,” he maintains.

Shorey also believes in working only one project at a given time. Explaining why, he continues, “I am very uncomplicated, not just professionally, but even in my personal life as well. I never do two projects at the same time. But I don’t believe in that whole thing of actors saying it takes two-three months to get into a character, then months to get out of it. That doesn’t work with me!”

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