December 11, 2013 12:00:33 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
Thank you very much for a fantastic performance in CLUB 60. To be honest, it's an award-worthy performance. Though it is a small-budget movie and does not categorize in the 'commercial zone' I still feel you should be the one walking up the podium to receive the Best Actor's Award at the coming Film Awards in the popular category.
Yours was a blockbuster performance.
But alas, I doubt you will even be considered in this category. Guess why? Well, for starters you don't have six-packs to flaunt on your tummy, nor do you have imposing biceps. And mind you, you cannot even dance and fight with raw digitalized emotion!
But don't be disheartened (I know you have long passed that stage), those who have seen the movie will vouch for the fact that you were indeed fantastic.
From the time you entered the lift with Farooque Sheikh, chattering away annoyingly, I knew something was on. The 'young outfits' you wore, the ears always plugged with headphones and the smart lines on your T-shirt were carried with ease. What's more, you never even once let your guard down as far as dropping the pace of your character was concerned. You went at it with renewed zest in each new scene, building up the suspense as to what actually was wrong with you.
And when you were insulted by Farooque Sheikh at his home you came back, doubly charged, with some underlying emotion which was threatening to explode. That was revealed in the final scene where you suffered a stroke and your friends explain to Farooque what you actually went through and how you caught life by the scruff of its neck and changed all rules of living and loving.
Thank you for making my day at the theatre. I'm sure there will be many who would have seen this movie and who share the same emotion. It was an ordinary role enacted with extraordinary flair.
You got us dreaming in the early 90s with your Mungerilal act. In between there have been gems from you. But overall, actors of your caliber have been finding it tough in a scenario where brawn and no-brainers (read script) rule and dishoom-dishoom is an overdose.
Only last week, we saw Ashish Vidyarthi (another fine actor) doing buffoonery in R... RAJKUMAR.
This year we have been treated to gems like CLUB 60, MAI and LISTEN AMAYA. Unfortunately, there were not many takers. Cinema like this should be encouraged. We need the masses to change the scenario where box-office figures reflect on quality cinema.
That day may not be far; look at what Arvind Kejriwal's Aaam Admi Party is doing? The aam junta will soon throng cinemas for quality content and shun mindless violence.
Until that day comes, directors like Sanjay Tripathi (CLUB 60), Mahesh Kodiyal (MAI) and Avinash Kumar Singh (LISTEN AMAYA) I feel should not lose heart and there should be financers ready to back these types of projects.
Thank you once again Mr. Raghuvir Yadav.
God Bless You Martin D'Souza (This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be...)