SACHI NAIK | NT BUZZ
- Many of your movies convey a message. Is there any reason for you to select such scripts?
I have done all kinds of movies. But if you say so, I am very happy! It gives me great pleasure to have an image where it is perceived that whatever I am doing is for the social cause. The movies that I have done are the subjects that I liked and which I felt were worth shooting for. When you look at films as only being the source of entertainment, it defeats a purpose. Rather, if you are a part of a film that conveys a social message, it turns out to be fruitful. Secondly, the choices come from who you are. An actor will select what he likes from what is offered to him. Besides, I do not look at this creative field only for money making. I look at it as path-breaking. I want people to change their opinions. I want them to look at ‘entertainment’ in a different way.
- How do you perceive the concept of ‘entertainment’?
‘I could laugh because of the movie and hence, I was entertained’ is not what I perceive entertainment as. If that is what people see entertainment to be, then I would rather call it being myopic about the concept. I feel that a person is entertained through all emotions. A person can think, cry or get nostalgic and get entertained. There are so many emotions that you go through while you watch a film which can entertain you. Simply waving off these emotions, calling humor as the only entertainment in films is little stereotypical to me. Entertainment is a much wider concept than that.
- What do you prefer to work in: TV or film?
I love doing films, because it is purely a director’s medium. Also the film image will have a lasting image in audience’s mind than a television image.
- Which movie would you consider ‘path-breaker’ in your life?
Shyam Benegal’s Bose: The Forgotten Hero for which I played the lead role. I never imagined that I would be able to play a national leader. The film has changed me in so many ways. I always loved my country, but I have become more patriotic now. Every film has actually affected me. As an actor, the roles that I have performed have given me more than what I have given to any film or any role. As Sachin Khedekar, probably I have been monotonous, but all these parts that I have acted out have made my personality very rich.
- Hindi version of television game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ is hosted by actor Amitabh Bachchan. How do you feel stepping into his shoes for the Marathi version of the show?
I feel like I’m on top of the world. However, let’s face it; Amitabh Bachchan is a huge star and I have always aspired to be like him. I felt that if I do even two percent of what Bachchan has done, I would be happy. I am very glad that we did such a big show in regional television.
Secondly I was happy just doing it. It’s not just a game show but is based on an individual’s knowledge. What I loved about the show was that I could have a 20-25 minutes interaction with an unknown individual. The audience knows me as an actor, but that was the only show where an individual could get to know to know me personally.
- An actor is an artiste. What professional qualities do you think an actor should possess?
If you are a good child to your parents, a good husband to your wife, a good father to your children and a good friend, you can be a good actor, as an actor should have all these qualities. To portray anything, one should be personally a good human being. If I am positive in my life, whatever I portray will contain optimism. How you equip yourself or how you build your personal image means a lot when you are doing any role. I do not believe on the thought that you destroy yourself morally and socially to create something beautiful. For an actor, his own body and his face is an instrument. How well you tune yourself is how well you can be as an actor. If an actor is asked to act something right now, he or she needs to be able to do it.
- How important it is for any individual to build their personal identity?
When I was young, I had so many fixed ideas. I had made a lot of rules within me of what I would do and what I wouldn’t. But the world around you changes almost every single day. You have to be adaptable to the changes. When I started I had decided to do only a certain kind of roles. But eventually I did anything and everything that came my way.
- What films do you prefer to work in; Marathi or Hindi?
I like to work in Marathi films because it’s my language. However, I started my career with Hindi because there was nothing much in Marathi in those days. Secondly, we get a mature audience for Marathi films now because they are open to all subjects. So now, my scope for creativity is increased in Marathi.
- If you ever get a chance to work in a Konkani film, would you give it a try?
Infact, I would love that. Rajendra Talak is my friend and I have been telling him the same. Konkani is not too difficult because it’s close to Marathi and Malvani which I know. I also love to watch tiatrs. I am just hoping somebody trusts me and offers me a film in Konkani.
- Tell us about your upcoming projects.
This year I’ve done a film named ‘TC Gn’ (Take Care. Good night) for Girish Joshi’s directorial debut; he was the writer for the movie, ‘Kaksparsh’. I’m also shooting for Prasad Oak’s ‘Kaccha Limbu’ and Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film, ‘Rustom’.