'Acting is about reacting'

'Acting is about reacting'

'Acting is about reacting'

Bollywood actor Nikhil Dwivedi says that he doesn’t know how he got his break but is grateful for it. “I have tried to analyse it in every way possible. Perhaps I wanted it so bad that god granted me my wish.”

The actor, who is known for his role in ‘My Name is Anthony Gonsalves’, will soon be seen opposite ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ star, Richa Chadda in a romantic thriller called ‘Tamanchey’. 

He says, “When you aren’t connected remotely to a person, how does that someone put in crores of rupees on your shoulders? I don’t know.” 

According to Nikhil, hard work alone will not reap rewards. “It’s not about hard work alone. I’ve worked hard on all my films but my films didn’t do well and I’m still struggling. So where’s my hard work? Luck plays a very important factor.”

He adds, “If you are hard working, lady luck will smile on you. But if you aren’t, lady luck might have smiled on you and the time would have just gone by. If you are at it constantly, lady luck might just get embarrassed for not having smiled for so long.” 

It is his love for acting that keeps him in the business. “I have always wanted to be an actor, since I was four-years-old. I watched a few Hindi movies as a kid and they had a long-lasting impression on me, and I wanted to be like the guy on the big screen,” he says. He adds that his childhood favourites were Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborthy and Anil Kapoor movies. 

“I come from a middle-class family and acting was something that people didn’t encourage so I didn’t disclose it to people but I nurtured the dream.” He worked in the corporate sector for five years before he got his big break. He says at the moment it is a challenge to sell tickets. 

Will the actor be branching out into regional cinema any time soon? He says, “I have my reservations about regional cinema. I mean, hats off to people who pull it off, but how do you emote in a language you don’t understand? I don’t know, maybe I’m not such an accomplished actor.” He adds, “Acting is about reacting, that nuance and punctuation.

How do I react to the other when I don’t understand the language? I can mug up the dialogues but I personally can’t act like that.” 

In ‘Tamanchey’, he will be seen playing a negative role. He says he chose the role because it was the story of two characters who aren’t so good but fall in love. “It’s not the stereotypical role where the good guys fall in love and have a happy ending.” He will next be seen in a biopic of a gangster.