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Sikandar Kher: TERE BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE made me discover myself as an actor

February 24, 2016 9:28:20 AM IST
By Shaheen Irani, Glamsham Editorial
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Sikandar Kher is unfortunately one of those star kids who hasn't yet seen the light of the day, but now with TERE BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE, things seems to be changing for him. We see the actor play not one, but two characters in the movie, which is mind-blowing on the part of both the director as well as the actor. Interviewing Kher was crazy fun, which you can experience too!


How are TERE BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE promotions going?
It's fun promoting this one. Fun and all wacked out.

Why do you think is the movie so special to you?
Because firstly it's a comedy film, which is what I've always wanted to do and my close friends also suggested the same. My sense of humour is a little wacked out. TERE BIN LADEN is that film whose humour I could connect with. It was more amazing because of Abhishek's sense of humour. When he narrated the script to me, I found it really funny.

Do you think this movie will be a path-breaker for you?
I don't know man. But working on it was definitely a mad experience. Hopefully this one does absolutely good things for me on the career front, which I'm really looking forward to, because I haven't had any successful films as yet. This one has made me discover myself as an actor. Having never done something like this, I never thought I could do it before. I hope people enjoy the film and I get a lot more work.

'My character is pretty insane in TERE BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE'

Were you approached for the role you were playing or something else?
This role only. Abhishek wanted somebody to play the white guy and David Chadha. He gave me pages for a scene for auditions. I couldn't audition at that time because I was shooting for another film and that the auditions will happen only after 15 days. I kept on delaying it to the next day and thought the auditions will complete within 2-3 days. Once I completed my shoot, Abhishek called me for the auditions and I again delayed it by a day. Being a bad student (postponing things till last minute) since school, I thought about learning the scene in morning and then auditioning. And the next day I was in the car in the evening when I hadn't read even a single line. Since there were too many lines to memorize, I thought that I'm going to miss out on this role. When I finally met Abhishek, I apologized and said that I don't know any of the lines. I thought they'll say no problem next time, but Abhishek said it's great that I didn't know the lines because he wanted it that way. He narrated a scene to me and just asked me to perform. Later things worked out so well that he was happy and I was casted. Getting the role was a blessing.

You were as new as Manish Paul for the TERE BIN LADEN team. So like him, did you also feel left out in the initial days?
No, actually. I knew Abhishek and Pradhuman through the producers Athiya and Pooja Shetty, who have been my friends for many years. So when TERE BIN LADEN released, I met the team and crew (including Abhishek and Pradhuman). We were never in touch, but did socialize. In this movie, we did workshops together, which gave us a chance to bond. At no point of time I felt left out or a new member joining them.

How was it playing a double role?
I've been telling everyone that my kind of roles come once in a lifetime. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time. Mine is a pretty insane character. I know many actors who haven't got a role like this and I might not either, ever.

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