‘If the script is good, half of my job is done’
Actor Kumud Mishra shares his thoughts on working with Salman Khan and what matters to him most when a film is offered to him.
Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger Zinda Hai is set to make its world television premiere on Sony Max on March 18. The film which has crossed Rs 550 crore mark at the box-office became one of the biggest grossers of 2017.
As the film gears up for its TV premiere, actor Kumud Mishra hopes that the film will create the same magic on TV as it did on the big screen. When asked what kind of emotions he goes through when his film does well commercially, and is also appreciated, Kumud replies, “My first emotional journey gets over when I finish shooting for a film, because it’s very important. The second step is if the audience will accept it or not. After that when the film does well, you only feel happiness. It’s obviously a nice feeling.”
He adds that the emotional feeling has become even more special because Tiger Zinda Hai is his second film with Ali Abbas Zafar. “Both the films (including Sultan) have been successful, so it’s special.”
This is his second film with Salman too. “When I was working with Salman in Sultan, I was a little bit nervous. And it did not happen because I was working with Salman. In fact, it could have happened with any big star because I didn’t know how they would react. But what’s special about Salman is that he has got a sense of vulnerability in his eyes which made my work easy. On my first day of Sultan, I knew my work is going to be fun. Also during shooting, if Salman feels that his co-stars can enact a scene in a particular manner or need improvisation, he shares it without much thought,” he says.
Kumud has been a part of both independent and commercial cinema. So is enacting a character in commercial films easier than in indie cinema, as in the former, several other aspects like cinematography, music and grandeur are also involved?
Kumud maintains that an actor’s responsibility increases while working in a commercial film. “An actor doesn’t look at a film as commercial or independent. He is just looking at the character. Having said that, there is no denying that the scale is bigger and facilities are better, but all that doesn’t reflect on acting,” he says.
Kumud has been appreciated for his work in last few films like Rustom, Airlift, Sultan etc. He says that while choosing a film, his focus is on the script. “If the script is good, half my job is done. The script has to appeal to me. Then comes the director. My role comes at the end. If the character has a small but substantial role in the film, then it’s satisfying for me,” he adds.
Till a few years ago, character actors were used as fillers in films. But today, they not only play substantial roles, but also add to the narrative. “The character actors were never used as fillers. That only happened if the writing was weak or the lead actors failed to do their job. Otherwise it’s our job to bring the character alive. One thing that has changed today is that filmmakers go into detailing of these characters. Even the stock characters like a mother or police officer, have something new to offer every time they are on screen. It’s challenging for us as an actor.”
Before signing off, Kumud says that he will soon start shooting for Anubhav Sinha’s next untitled film.
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Tiger Zinda Hai will have its world television premiere on Sony MAX at 1 pm on March 18