Remember Pradhyuman Singh, who portrayed the lookalike of infamous Osama Bin Laden in his debut film TERE BIN LADEN and enthralled with his antics. Well the actor is back in an altogether different avatar, as a quirky Bengali rockstar in the upcoming film LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI, much different to what he played in his first film.
Says Pradhyuman, "I am playing a Bengali rockstar called Joy Ghosh, a loner with no friends, who is into drugs, marijuana, alcohol. He is dirty, shabby and got long hairs. He carries an unkempt & untidy look and stays like an uncivilized. It's far from what I did in my first film TERE BIN LADEN. In my first film I played a very cute, innocent character."
Pradhyuman consciously selected this role to break-away from the image which he earned with TERE BIN LADEN. He reveals, "Basically I wanted to get away from that mold. As an actor LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI was a perfect opportunity for me to break away from the image that I have created. I know it would be still difficult to recognize me but it was consciously done. I didn't want to do the regular stuff because this industry tries very hard to stereotype you. But you have to have confidence in yourself and more importantly you should have the courage to say NO more than you say YES. So I said no to a lot of films which I thought was very similar to what I have already done. When Rakesh, the director, offered me this film I knew exactly what I want. I knew this is the film which will help me not only break the image but audience will also see a different side of Pradhyuman."
In both the films, Pradhyuman had to experiment enough with his looks. But Pradhyuman quite enjoys it and took his inspiration from the likes of Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen.
"I kind of take my inspiration from actors like Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Delu. Every film that they do I see they are working on their characters. It's more about the character than the actor that is playing. As an actor I want to explore myself. I know I will make some mistakes in the course but those mistakes will help me identify myself as an actor. That is the reason I tried to do something different. My look in LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI was quite demanding as much as in TERE BIN LADEN. As there I was playing a lookalike of a biographical character. This one wasn't that difficult but to carry off that kind of a look, a druggy rock-star was a challenge," says Pradhyuman.
Pradhyuman has graduated from a supporting character in TERE BIN LADEN to a lead actor in LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI. However, Pradhyuman feels he is still a supporting actor. He says, "I am still a supporting character in this film and not the lead actor. This film doesn't have any male lead so to say. It's a story of 4-5 different people and I am just part of one story. I have shared screen-space with some of the brilliant talents we have around in the industry like Manu Rishi, Kay Kay Menon, Ranvir Shorey. It was great learning experience and I feel much more confident now. This was indeed a challenge to work with established names. And I hope I have lived upto the expectation of my director."
He further adds, "I have learnt a lot from Ranvir as I shared maximum screen space with him. He is brilliant actor. You get to learn a lot from people like him. There's Kay Kay Menon, another legendary actor. Just observing him gives you insight that how you should approach a particular character. It was like somebody has gone from school to university. They were very kind. All of them are very reserved so there weren't too many giggles on the sets."
Though Pradhyuman made his mark with TERE BIN LADEN, life wasn't that easy for him post that. "If you are not part of this industry, if you don't have any godfather no matter how brilliant an actor you are you always have to struggle. Irrfan kahn took 20 years to be where he is and it is with every actor who is not from the industry or part of the film family. We struggle from the day our film releases till we get another film. Everytime we have to keep proving ourselves," says Pradhyuman candidly.
Prod Pradhyuman, he ever went through a situation where he had to express 'Life ki Toh Lag Gayi' and he says "All the time in fact! Life ki Toh Lag Gayi is a kind of phrase which is present in everybody's life and you can't do away with. There are gonna be ups and downs. And when we are going through a down we generally use the term Life ki toh lag gayi hai. Recently I broke my arm and was bed-ridden for 6 months and couldn't move my arm around. It was a bad accident I went through. That time I thought ab toh career ki lag gai. I thought now I have to find another job. But with God's grace I am okay now. And this is the message we are trying to give with our film 'When you try to give up the hopes, jab life ki lagti hai, but eventually if you have the confidence you will definitely come out of it.
Talking about his future projects, Pradhyuman is eagerly looking forward to work with his TERE BIN LADEN director. "I hopefully will be doing one film with Abhishek Sharma. Whatever he is making I will be part of it. I am his Ginny pig he can use me the way he wants. He is y guru, my institution; if he wants me to run around naked I'll do that also," says Pradhyuman.