'Actors can never be secure'

'Actors can never be secure'

After his Bollywood debut with ‘MP3 – Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar’ and then starring in a couple of other movies, actor Ruslaan Mumtaz turned towards the small screen.  The 33-year-old, whose chocolate-boy looks and well-built structure were liked by all, believes that TV helps get actors more fame and fan base as compared to the big screen.

However, the actor has not given up trying his hand in movies and will be seen next in ‘Khel To Ab Shuru Hoga’, releasing on May 6. In a conversation with Puja Gupta, the actor shares more about the movie, his role and his transition between the two medium.

Tell us about your role in the movie?
The movie is a thriller chase-comedy, directed by Marathi filmmaker Kunal Singh and produced by Mahesh Narula. I’m playing a simple boy who works as a bank security guard, but later turns out to be a criminal for his love.

How did you get this film?
The director Kunal Singh and EP Vikas Phadnis met me and we had a narration. I instantly loved the script and soon was on board.
 
What took you so long to return to the silver screen?
I work in small budget movies which are for niche audiences. And such films find it difficult to get a release. I’m happy that ‘Khel Toh Ab Shuru Hoga’ is finally releasing.

Tell us more about your early life.
While I was in college, I had no clue that I would be acting one day. I always wanted to be a stock broker. Even today, all the money I earn I invest it in the equity market.
 
When did acting happen?
I started with commercials as they pay well. And because they say I have a chocolate face, I got many ads. My first ad was for KitKat directed by Prahlad Kakkar. My journey started from there.
 
How was the transition between TV and films?
I transitioned from films to TV because I realised the reach and power of TV. It has a wider audience. It helps one increase the fan base.
 
What is the difference between these two?
TV is an ongoing process and it can go on for years; it takes a toll on your personal life. You can’t take a month leave from the show but in return it gives you much more fame.
 
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt in life?
In our industry, actors can never be secure. They have to keep trying harder to better themselves and get work and audience’s love.
 
What is your next mainstream project?
My next film is a love story called ‘Ho Ja Zara Matlabi’ opposite Miss India Purva Rana.  

Any TV show?
Currently, I’m shooting for the daily soap ‘Balika Vadhu’ in which I’m paired opposite Mahi Vig.

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