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Bowled over by the movies

Unable to replicate the success of his father, cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi, he began a career in modelling. Branching into acting, he made his debut in Kaya Taran, a television adaptation of a Malayalam short story by NS Madhavan. Collin Rodrigues talks to Angad Bedi...

tv Updated: Apr 28, 2009 21:20 IST
Collin Rodrigues
Collin Rodrigues
Hindustan Times

Collin Rodrigues talks to Angad Bedi, budding cricketer turned actor

You father is a famous cricketer, you could have easily got into cricket, why modeling?
I have played cricket for seven to eight years for the Under 19 side of Delhi and in the Ranji Trophy. Even club cricket in England. But there was a part of me that always wanted to get into films. My father is an avid film watcher.

What happened to Little Godfather?
It’s in the process of completion in the next 15 days. It’s 90 per cent complete and will be released once the current problems between the producers and distributors are resolved.

What about the movie Kaya Taran you did with Sashi Kumar?
I played the lead in it opposite Seema Biswas. The movie was made for film festivals and not for a theatrical release. It did very well in Venice and Cannes and people appreciated it. It’s probably the only film based on the 1984 Sikh riots.

You actually went snip snip on your hair.. was it for films?
I feel long hair limits you in many ways. I didn’t want that to happen. I made my mind about playing lead roles in films. There are sportsmen who have long hair. But I didn’t want that to hinder my progress.

What did your father think about it?
My father, Bishen Singh Bedi, is a proud Sikh and initially didn’t approve of the idea. Later he understood I was right. He told me that it’s okay as long as I’m using it to further my childhood dream. I had to what I had to do.

Reality shows are the in thing at the moment. Are you planning to get into any?
Honestly yes, if something I like comes my way. I liked Khatron Ke Khiladi. It’s larger than life concept is very exciting. I won’t mind doing something like it. But as I said my focus is films.

What do you think of the T20 cricket? Do you watch the IPL?
Yes I’m a big fan of the Delhi Daredevils. It’s an unpredictable team. I feel they could win the tournament.

Has the economic meltdown affected your future plans?
I may be not the right person to comment on it. But it hasn’t affected my personal goals. But I feel it has affected a lot of films. Many of them have been shelved. Prices have been dropped drastically. Things will get back to normal after October. I plan to get my plans rolling by August.

Any plans to enter politics?
I’ve got a long way to go even before I think about it. I still have to make my mark in Bollywood. We should leave it to the people who are running the show right now. But my personal favourite is Rahul Gandhi. He’s the future of Indian politics. Manmohan Singh is doing a great job though.

Had you struck to cricket do you think you would have made it big?
I used to work very hard to better in the game. I was big in my own way and always wanted to concentrate on films. What is gone is gone. You shouldn’t think of it.

If your film career doesn’t work would you get back to cricket?
Inshaallah, it will work. I am very determined towards it. When you want to be big in films, you have to walk the footsteps of veterans like Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek.

What happened to your relationship with Anupama Varma?
These are baseless rumours. I never dated her.

Are you seeing anyone?
No personal questions as for now. I just want to focus on my career and don’t want any problems in my way.

First Published: Apr 28, 2009 21:17 IST