Born in Gwalior and brought up in Delhi, Anant Vidhaat – Salman Khan's Haryanvi friend is gathering eyeballs for his brilliant portrayal. The actor in a candid chat shares his first meeting with Salman Khan, his desires and what he strives as an actor.
How frequently your phone rings now post SULTAN?
Phone is ringing more frequently than before but no offers as yet. Every actor wants his work to be appreciated but what happened with SULTAN is overwhelming. I am overjoyed. I am hoping for some good work now, good characters and roles. Am trying, hoping for the best.
Share your first experience with Salman Khan during SULTAN
Thanks to Ali, because of him I got SULTAN and the director made it easy for me and Salman bhai. The first day when I was supposed to meet Salman Khan, naturally I was excited and nervous have grown up watching him and there he was in flesh and blood right in front of me. That day however went in orientation and Ali suggested that I stay at Salman's farmhouse before shooting in Karjat.
That eased us as Ali also wanted Salman Khan to know who is playing Govind so we don't have hitches during the shoot and Salman bhai also made me comfortable and boosted my energy by saying, ““Agar tum achhey dikhogey to mai achha dikhunga aur agar mai achha dikhunga to tum achhey dikhogey.”.
For an actor who has come from Gwalior, a substantial role in a Salman Khan starrer produced by Yash Raj Films in a movie which is now declared a super hit, what pressure does your next brings in?
I don't think in that way. I came here with a perception that I want to do good work. I am not here for quick fame and fast bucks. At the time when I was not getting work post MARDAANI and GUNDAY, I was still conscious about what I should be doing. Yes money is also important. Just good work also won't do, it should have the potential to reach maximum people.
So the wait for good work didn't bring in frustration?
I was jobless for a year and it's a part and parcel of this business. Initially I was frustrated before getting GUNDAY and for a person born in Gwalior and doing theatre in Delhi, things won't come in a platter. Theater experience helped me to overcome this situation, I kept myself engaged reading books, novels, watching movies which could enrich me. Since childhood I am watching cinema and Dilip Kumar was my first influence as my father is a big fan and when I grew up I realized how dignified this art of emoting is. Balraj Sahini, Sanjeev Kumar, Om Puri and of course Mr. Bachchan some of his films are my all-time favorite. Marlon Brando, Paul Newman all are my study materials that keep me engaged.
What enlightens you the most as an actor from the above mentioned greats?
I am awed by the incredible consistency Paul Newman has. Though Brando in STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE and GODFATHER is untouchable, the brilliant consistency of Paul Newman is remarkable.