EXCLUSIVE: Undekhi actor Surya Sharma on playing negative roles: I like to play real-life characters and it doesn't bother me

In an exclusive conversation with Xappie, Undekhi actor Surya Sharma aka Rinku Paaji talks to us about playing negative roles on screen, artists that he would like to work with in the future, and more; Read on.
Written By Saumya Bansal | Updated: July 30, 2020 14:37 IST
EXCLUSIVE: Undekhi actor Surya Sharma on playing negative roles: I like to play real-life characters and it doesn't bother me

After impressing the audience with his spectacular performance in Sony Liv's original show Undekhi, Surya Sharma talks to us about the efforts he had put to bring the character of Rinku Paaji to life. "When I started preparing for the role of Rinku, I did not think I wanted to follow a particular style or look up to any actor to draw inspiration from. Instead, I just looked within myself and tried to find ways in which I can relate to Rinku. I found there were a few similar things, for instance, Rinku is also very attached to his father like me. I'm very close to my dad. So that helped me play it with ease and I'm glad that as an actor I was able to connect with the audience. I also attended a two months long workshop. It really helped me explore the ways in which I can improvise my role."
Before Undekhi, Surya Sharma got recognition for his role of a kidnapper in Disney+ Hotstar to show Hostages. But does playing negative roles bother him, in a way that filmmakers might actually stereotype him for playing such roles? The actor says, "I just think about the craft of my career and I want to do real-life characters. And at this time, when the audience also wants to see such real-life complex characters, I don't mind playing them. Actors who play such complex characters such as Manoj Bajpayee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui have actually evolved cinema with time. So now people actually relate to the stories of these complex characters more."
Since foul language has become a "USP" of crime-thrillers these days, and some actors might find it difficult to use it in their dialogues, Surya feels that it's quite normal in our society nowadays for people to speak like that. "I think nowadays it's pretty normal in society. So, most of us didn't find it a problem to incorporate it in our dialogues. But Ayn Zoya (Saloni in the show) is from Bangalore. So, she faced little difficulty in speaking in a certain accent. So, she invented her own way of doing so and I think she did pretty well there. Rest I think it completely depends upon the viewers whether they like it. And secondly, it's the writer's perspective to decide how to make things real and interesting and that's what we follow"
When asked about the artists he would like to work in the future, Sharma expresses his wish to work with directors such as Anurag Kashyap and Imtiaz Ali. "I wish to work with Anurag Kashyap, Imtiaz Ali, Vikram Aditya Motwani sir, and others. I think the kind of stories Imtiaz sir tells on screen, it connects to me and I would really love to be part of his films in the future."
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