'I like to see the quirk in me'

'I like to see the quirk in me'

'I like to see the quirk in me'

Chunky Pandey has been going along with the ebb and flow of life. But of late, the tides have changed though. Looking back at the way his career has shaped up, he says, “As an actor, one has regrets. I could have done this better. Nevertheless, it’s been a great journey.

“I have been coming of age.” In fact, this seems to be a kind of second coming. Chunky, who recently worked in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullet Raja, can’t hide his excitement about it. “I played a character called ‘London’ Tiwari, who’s very unpredictable, a kind of a chameleon actually,” he says adding, “Anurag Kashyap congratulated me after seeing the promo of the film.” Although Tezaab heralded his arrival and made a name for him, things were not all hunky dory after that. Most of the roles that came along were supportive ones. So there he was, venturing into comedy too. Did he always want to do comedy? “Sometimes people laugh seeing my face, maybe I look funny,” he jokes. On a serious note, he adds, “I always feel the audience is like a five-year-old. And in my heart, I am like a five-year-old.”

He goes on to talk about how Tezaab had been path-breaking for him. “As an actor, you will be remembered only by your work, Tezaab has been a game changer for me. 

 The character that I played was endearing. But I have never been able to get anything like that after that,” he avers.

As it happened, soon after, he found success in Bangladeshi cinema. “After Aankhen, I found myself out of work and in a strange situation. That wasn’t appealing to me and I thought of taking a sabbatical. It was then I got an opportunity to do a Bangla film and I did it for five years. But after I got married, my wife told me, ‘you are a Bollywood actor, you should be working in Bollywood’. And so I came back.” Thereafter, Apna Sapna Money Money, Housefull and Tees Maar Khan happened.

The concept of film-making has changed and chang­ed a lot since his heydays. “At that time, a film was made in 300 prints, now it’s 3,000 prints. Apart from that, actors are charging big money now. People are experimenting and spending money in marketing as well. Bollywood too is on the verge of going international,” he says. However, he says the disappointing part is “when you try to replicate a winning formula”.

As for the future, he is looking forward to Disco Valley and Gang of Ghosts. Besides, he is nurturing a role that he hopes to portray someday.

“I want to play something very dark, one which you will start hating me. Actually, I
like to see the quirk in me,” he adds.

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