Sharat Saxena says his only job would be to mouth lines like 'yes boss, no boss', and he had no choice

  • Sharat Saxena has said that for a long time, he was reduced to playing characters that had little to no lines of dialogue in films, but he didn't have a choice.
Sharat Saxena has worked with Ajay Devgn in multiple projects.
Sharat Saxena has worked with Ajay Devgn in multiple projects.
Published on Jul 16, 2021 11:55 AM IST
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Veteran actor Sharat Saxena, who recently appeared in Vidya Balan-starrer Sherni, has said that for the majority of his career, he was reduced to playing strongmen with little to no lines of dialogue.

In an interview, Sharat Saxena reflected on his career, and noted the change that Salman Khan has brought to how muscular men in the industry are perceived.

Asked if he was disappointed about being typecast, he told Rediff, "It is not possible for anybody to decide what he wants to be in Bollywood. At least, not in those days. When you are in Bombay, without any support system, you have to do whatever comes to you because you have to make a living. And I had to make a living because I was married and I had children. When you are a family man, you have to think about income rather than dream about becoming a hero."

He continued, "My dialogues would be 'Yes, Boss' and 'No, Boss'. In India, we have this problem that if you are well built, you cannot be a good actor. Have you noticed that? Write down the names of all the good actors in India and see how many of them are muscular. We are the most colour conscious country in the world. If you are dark, you cannot be a hero. If you have curly hair, you can't be a hero. If you are muscular, then today you can be a hero. Earlier, you had to become a fighter. Today, the world has changed thanks to Salman Khan. He made being muscular fashionable. So today, every man who wants to join the film industry goes to the gym first and then to coaching classes. I joined the film industry at a time when it was the worst time for muscular people. I continued getting that kind of work because once you work as a fighter in India, it's stuck on your forehead. So everybody wants to take you in that role."

Also read: Sherni actor Sharat Saxena, at age of 70, stuns fans with his toned physique; fans call him 'Indian hulk'

Sharat Saxena, who has also appeared in comedies such as Phir Hera Pheri, played a hunter named Pintu in Sherni. Directed by Amit Masurkar, the film released on Amazon Prime Video last month. Sharat started his career in the 1970s with supporting roles in films. He has acted in films such as Ghulam, Saathiya, and Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

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