'I have learnt a lot from my co-stars'

Actor's diary

Inspired by Shah Rukh Khan, Taaha Shah Badusha decided to become an actor and shifted from Dubai to Mumbai in 2009. Over the years, he showcased his acting skills in movies like Love Ka The End, opposite actor Shraddha Kapoor, along with Gippi and Barkhaa. The businessman-turned-actor is now geared up for his latest film, Baar Baar Dekho  ahead of whose release he talks to Shweta Sharma about his journey into the world of films, his first project, and what he has learnt from his co-stars over the years.

How was your journey from Dubai to Mumbai?
Well, the journey was just half-hour long, but there was a change in culture, people, architecture, and even in the way of living. I was new to the city and the industry, so everything seemed challenging. I also faced problems like finding an apartment and making friends. I had to leave everything behind and had to start a new life. But the journey has been incredible.

How did you bag your first project?
I bagged it somewhere in June 2010 and it was completely by luck. I had randomly sent out my photographs to a lot of people, without even knowing whether the email addresses were functional or not. I got called for a few auditions, until one day I went to audition for Y-Films’ first production. Aditya Chopra sir and Ashish Patil, who was the head of Y-Films then, were the ones who saw the auditions and asked me to come to Yash Raj Studios to meet. That’s how I landed my first project.

What is your role in Baar Baar Dekho  all about?
I play Siddharth Malhotra’s younger brother, who is the life of the family. In the movie, my character, Tarun, changes over time and assumes different traits, for which I had to work hard and learn a few things. Apart from Siddharth (who people say I look like), the movie gave me an opportunity to work with actors like Sarika and Katrina Kaif, who play my on-screen mother and sister-in-law respectively.

If there is one role you wish to essay, which would that be?
It would definitely be one of the Mughals — either Akbar or Shah Jahan or Jahangir. I just love the way they used to speak; and their tehzeeb, discipline, and rituals intrigue me to no extent. So I would want to do a role on those lines. And as far as directors are concerned, though I would like to work with a lot of them, but I feel Karan Johar tops the list. Besides him, I would love to experience the on-screen world of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

What is the most important thing you have learnt from your co-stars?
I have learnt a lot from many of my co-stars. My first co-star. Shraddha (Kapoor), taught me a lot about the industry, as she knows how it functions. Recently, when I worked with Siddharth, Katrina, Sarika and Ram Kapoor — all industry veterans — I learnt how one should always have fun. Ram, especially, is a bundle of
energy, which I sometimes envy. I noticed how Katrina is very quiet on the sets, but puts in her best when it comes to performing in front of the camera. Siddharth is always relaxed and composed.

What else do you like doing?
I have recently acquired a fascination for music, so I have taken up the guitar. I also love adventure sports.

Many new actors are trying their luck in Bollywood. What does it take to stand out from the rest?
We all have heard the saying, ‘Be at the right place at the right time’. But I feel you should have the ability to turn your talents into skills, because as soon as you do that, you start standing out from the crowd and over time people start noticing you.

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