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I am not very talented: Shreyas Talpade

Shreyas Talpade is all set to romance Thai actress Leena Christensen in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Bombay To Bangkok. Ritujaay Ghosh speaks to the actor about the film.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2008 15:10 IST
Ritujaay Ghosh
Ritujaay Ghosh
Hindustan Times

Nagesh and you seem to be an actor-director duo.
This is our third film in a row after Iqbal and Dor. (Laughs) I think he likes me a lot. He has seen me from my first day in the industry. No one understands me better than he does. Maybe he hasn't tried his hand at a full-fledged comedy earlier but I'm sure he will be successful with the genre.

But you've tried your hand at comedy with er.. Apna Sapna Money Money.
That's probably why Nagesh decided to work with me. The success of Apna Sapna Money Money gave me the confidence to do comedy.

I would give the credit to Nagesh for whatever I am today. He is one of the few directors who knows how to utilise the strengths of an actor.. and avoid the weaknesses. I'm in this field more because of luck than talent. I'm not very talented.

You have also worked with other acclaimed directors…
It’s more luck than talent because I am not very talented. It’s just that I got to work with good directors at a very early stage of my career.

<b1>So what's with the singing and dancing in Bombay to Bangkok?
I thought I should give that a try. Being a part of this industry, you want to be part of the song and dance routines also. The actors you have grown up on have been singing and dancing. You want to be like them.

Your role in Om Shanti Om was appreciated, though it is a Shah Rukh Khan film.
I enjoyed being part of the film. I wanted to do this film because it had Shah Rukh Khan, was being directed by Farah Khan and belongs to a different genre altogether. Who doesn’t want to be part of good and great films? We also see your transformation as an actor…I don’t have any set guidelines. I always take characters as a chunk and give myself enough time to grow. I am still growing.

You had to kiss the heroine Leena. Did that make you uncomfortable?
My wife was on the sets, I was panicky (laughs), but that's a part of acting. Leena and I were quite comfortable with the scene.

What's your role about?
I play a cook who steals a bag and discovers that it belongs to a don. To save himself, the cook runs away to Bangkok, posing as a doctor. There, he meets this girl who works in a massage parlour.

Okay, so what else are you up to?
There are quite a few films. I play a letter writer in Shyam Benegal's Mahadev, Rohit Shetty's Golmaal Returns and Santosh Shivan's horror film. In the last one year I have had the fortune of working with five directors from different schools of filmmaking.