‘TV actors should always have a back-up plan’

Debarati Palit Singh
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Popular actor Mohit Mailk will soon enter the recently launched Star Plus show Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala. The actor will be seen as a singer in the show and has adopted the rockstar look for his role. While promoting his part, Mohit says that he hasn’t followed any rockstar in particular. “There was no reference point given to me. I played totally out of imagination. I just watched the biography of Johnny Cash titled Walk The Line because the character is loosely based on that.

Popular actor Mohit Mailk will soon enter the recently launched Star Plus show Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala. The actor will be seen as a singer in the show and has adopted the rockstar look for his role. While promoting his part, Mohit says that he hasn’t followed any rockstar in particular. “There was no reference point given to me. I played totally out of imagination. I just watched the biography of Johnny Cash titled Walk The Line because the character is loosely based on that. I have always loved the film, so it was a pleasant reference,” says the actor, adding that personally, he is not into rock music.

He goes on to add that his character from the show Sikandar is not exactly into rock music. “He is more of a Sufi and indie rock singer. He is someone like Arijit Singh.”

We haven’t seen Mohit play such a character in the past and the actor says that’s what actually attracted him to the show. “When I heard the role at the time of the look test, I fell in love with the character. I thought, ‘This is something I have to do’. I have always been a choosy actor and taken time to select a role. For the first time in my career, I wanted to do a show so badly because it’s a dream role,” he says.

He adds that he wasn’t happy with the kind of roles he was being offered. “I didn’t want to get bored after two months of signing the show. I wanted to do a character which is challenging, intriguing and something that helps me grow as an actor.”

Is it because of his selective nature that he has stayed away from daily soaps for three years since his last show was Doli Armaano Ki which went off air in 2015? “After Doli...I did Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, which took six months. Immediately after that I signed another show but it never took off. I waited for those six months. After that I signed another show but that too didn’t happen, so one year just went in waiting. I am not so much in a hurry to sign shows because I want to do work,” Mohit says.

It’s true that a major part of a TV actor’s life goes into waiting for their shows to go on air and Mohit believes that it is important that TV actors have a back-up plan. “That’s why I tell many to concentrate on other things like writing, direction so that you don’t get frustrated. There are many who take the wait in a wrong way without realising that it’s a part and parcel of our life. Most TV actors do not have a back-up plan. Luckily, I have cafes which I run with my wife and that takes care of my financial needs. Having said that, the waiting does get frustrating but it depends on how you take it. Also, you need to keep working on yourself.”

He adds that as an actor, one needs patience and perseverance. “These are the most important factors in their career,” he says before signing off.

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