Dino Morea: ‘It’s a great time to be an actor and producer’

Debarati Palit Singh
Monday, 23 March 2020

Dino Morea, while promoting AltBalaji’s Mentalhood, talks about why he signed the series and how he was eagerly waiting to face the camera.

I have been refusing anything that’s rubbish, says Dino Morea citing his reason for staying away from the camera for so many years. The actor is happy that right now, he is doing several good projects and it starts with AltBalaji’s Mentalhood. 

The web series, says Dino, is very well-written and gave him a chance to work with a bunch of very good actors. “I am also sure that it will be promoted well and I was dying to be in front of camera for a very long. So many factors made me sign the project,” he says, adding that he is quite excited about the series and the way his character has shaped up. 
 
Mentalhood marks Karisma Kapoor's digital debut and also stars Sanjay Suri, Sandhya Mridul, Shruti Seth and others. 

Dino is sharing screen with Karisma for the second time and he says that they had worked together in a movie titled Baaz: A Bird in Danger. “It was good to come back and work with her,” he says. 

Dino last played a full-fledged role in Pyaar Impossible in 2010. Post that, he did cameos in movies. He says that he was being patient, preparing and keeping himself ready so that he could start shooting as soon as he was offered something. “To be honest, I did not want to do just anything that was being offered to me which would not take me forward in my career. I also started my production and was giving time to my other businesses. My second production is nearly ready,” says the actor who started his career in 1999 with Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi.
   
He adds that staying away from the camera was tough and frustrating. “Some well-known directors offered me roles but those would not have done anything for my career. There were always those moments when I would think, ‘Out of sight, out of mind. People would forget me’. You have insecurities which come in but at that point, you just need to be stronger. When the opportunities are correct, people will see me,” says Dino who has several web projects lined up including Four More Shots Please, Hostages 2 on Hotstar Special, Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tandav on Amazon Prime and a few more which are in the pipeline. 
 
He adds that the web is providing opportunities because the writing and acting is good. “It’s a great time to be an actor and producer.”
Dino, whose movie is releasing in July, says that a lot has also changed since he started out. “When I was doing films, the subtleness of acting was appreciated. Right now, the focus is more on the emotions. Movie industry has become better as people  are writing original stories rather than copying stories from the West,” he adds. 
  
Has the way he perceives characters changed over the years? “I still look at them the same way I did earlier. The sad part is that the studios’ perception hasn’t changed. They still have the perception that if they need an actor, they need a name. They do not realise that names still do not guarantee tickets but they still need one.” 

He adds that he looks at filmmaking with a finer eye because a lot can happen between the paper and the shot. “I rather see that my director can do what he's written,” he says before signing off. 

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