Shreyas Talpade On ‘Tambde’ high, reveals he couldn’t say no to big banner projects


There was a phase in Shreyas Talpade’s career when he featured in several multi-starrer comedies and the actor says he did those films to keep working rather than “sit on the fence and wait for the right project to come his way. Shreyas made his debut in 2005 with the acclaimed drama “Iqbal”.

The Nagesh Kukunoor film, along with the maker’s next “Dor established Shreyas as a bankable performer, especially in the independent cinema space. Though the actor further explored the space with Shyam Bengal’s 2008 comedy-drama “Welcome to Sajjanpur he soon moved to multi-starrer comedies like the “Golmaal” series.”Paying Guests” Aagey Se Right’among others. In an interview with PTI.

The 47-year-old actor said some of his earlier choices reflect the phase of the industry when biopics or big dramas were not in vogue.”When I look back.don’t regret it. But today I am wiser and might say no to something I don’t like or don’t want to do. I had to take those chances. I couldn’t be sitting on the fence and thinking ‘Now something will come and will do it’. Now. we have content-oriented films and biopics which are loved by people. It was a different time when I started my career, he said.

Asked how his career came to be dotted with a big budget and mid-sized comedies, Shreyas said it finds roots in him not belonging to the industry and thus being largely unaware of how to navigate it.”I came from a typical middle-class Maharashtrian family with no film connection whatsoever.

So this big world of Hindi Film industry, where there are people approaching you, appreciating you, for a moment you tend to get I won’t say lost but confused, as to what to do.” he added.

Before Shreyas made a switch to comedies, the actor recalled how he was asked to audition for a comedy franchise by a director, who told him that his audition was nice. “but I had a serious image So he was apprehensive” Shreyas said the perception got him “worried and upset” but things soon changed when he got a call from Subhash Ghai for his production “Apna Sapna Money Money” a comedy also starring
Suniel Shetty, Ritesh Deshmukh, Anupam her among others.”When he called me.

I told him, ‘But sir this is a commercial film’. He said, ‘So? You won’t do commercial films?’ I just hadn’t thought about them. When I met him for narration. I liked the role and did it. he said.

“There were films offered by some seniors, known banners. You can’t say no as you’re new in the industry and you feel why to take any ‘panga’ (trouble) because they’ll feel bad if you turn down their projects. So as an actor I went with the flow,” he added.

Shreyas Talpade was recently seen in the drama ‘Kaun Pravin Tambe?’, based on the life of cricketer Pravin Tambe, who made his IPL debut at the age of 41.