D. Santosh, who plays the porn-obsessed computer engineer Giri Reddy in this week's release ROCKET SINGH - SALESMAN OF THE YEAR, is a happy man. Not only has he got to act alongside the heartthrob of the moment Ranbir Kapoor, but his performance as the unkempt Hyderabadi is getting noticed.
For someone who had his theatre training under the tutelage of the great Satyadev Dubey, Santosh has had to struggle in Bollywood. He debuted as the firebrand Rajguru in Rajkumar Santoshi's THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH, and formed the triumvirate alongside Ajay Devgan and Sushant Singh. He was part of an even envious team in Santoshi's KHAKEE, where he had stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar for company. Not much materialized for him since then, and bit parts in IQBAL, TRAFFIC SIGNAL didn't help.
ROCKET SINGH though might change things for him. His Giri is a character who has grown immune to the corruption in the sales sector…but is unafraid to call a spade a spade. It is he who supports Ranbir as Harpreet Singh to launch his own business. It is on Giri's shoulder that Harpreet's Rocket Sales is formed.
Here's hoping that we get to see more of this talented actor.