Switching roles with ease

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Switching roles with ease

Be it the undercover police informer in Mukhbir, the devoted husband in Amruthadare or the romantic boy in Nanna Preethiya Hudugi, Sameer Dattani aka Dhyaan says he always tries to be as real as he can on screen.

Sameer did exceptionally well in Well Done Abba, for which he spent hours learning to perfect his Hyderabadi Hindi.  “I was so engrossed in the movie, which required the cast to converse in fluent Hyderabadi Hindi, that I started to speak in the same flow even in normal conversations. When I played a corporate guy in Corporate, I’d dress in formal pants and a neatly ironed shirt even off the sets. It became part of my routine,” Sameer said.

He slips into every character with ease. He says that he has no qualms about delving into the history of his character  before he begins his job. “In Mukhbir, I was introduced to real life informants and cops to get a feel of the character. I spent a good amount of time with the cops, watched every move of theirs and had to train my mind to be as sharp and shrewd as they were,” he observes.

Sameer will soon be seen in an action thriller in Karan Johar’s I Hate Luv Storys. “It’s a brilliant movie and I can’t wait for it to release. It’s action at its best,” he says gingerly.
Sameer got his first break in Kannada film industry, soon he was noticed up North and Bollywood picked him up. Before he realised, he was working with some of the best hands in the industry. Among directors, Sameer just can’t stop praising Shyam Benegal, who he says does well in striking a balance between commercial elements and art. “He is an institution. He has a totally different image off the sets,” he says.

Sameer has just signed up for another Kannada movie titled, Sihimuttu which delves into childhood romance.

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