To Be A Hero, You Probably Need A Godfather But To Be An Actor, You Only Need Talent, Says Sanjay Mishra

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Sanjay Mishra is one actor in the industry who is so organised and methodical that he soaks in every challenge thrown at him and comes up trumps. Be it the conflicted yet helpless father in “Massan,” the strict one in “Dum Lage Ke Haisha or the man of conviction in “Ankho Dekhi,” his portrayal is so soulful that he leaves the hearts yearning for more.

Weird as it may appear, this powerhouse of an actor is also known for the riotous comic roles in films like “Golmaal” series, “Phas Gaye Re Obama” or “Bunty and Babli.” He is so good that he can make you laugh until you cry.

An alumnus of the National School of Drama, Mishra made his acting debut in 1995 with “Oh My Darling.” Currently, he is awaiting release of “Kadvi Hawa”, the trailers of which have already been lapped up. The movie, scheduled to release on November 24, deals with climate change and its looming consequences. “Kadvi Hawa” is also said to be India's first feature film on the issue in which Mishra plays the protagonist. MCL caught up with the actor extraordinaire. Here are some excerpts from the interview.

'Kadvi' Hawa is probably the first Hindi movie on climate change. Can you elaborate more about the film?

I'm very blessed that Nila Madhab considered me for the movie. It was a unique experience. When I heard the script, I was elated to hear such a peerless concept. It’s a good move that in films, we are now able to highlight issues like climate change. Actually, people need to know about the adverse effect of climate.

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Tell us about your character in the film.

'Kadvi Hawa' revolves around a visually-impaired old man and a young bank loan recovery agent. I play the role of that blind old man and let me tell you it was really difficult and challenging for me. When you don’t feel from within your heart, it's not easy to portray such a character on screen. The film is set against the backdrop of Bundelkhand's terrain and deals with issues like drought and climate change.

You played major roles in movies like 'Masaan' and 'Ankhon Dekhi'. These films received rave reviews from critics and gained several international awards. Do you think trends are changing in Hindi cinema?

The film industry is surely witnessing a change. The good thing is that the present generation demands for better script and storyline instead of a good-looking actor. So, we can say it’s a positive move and as far as my roles are concerned, I am an actor so I have to give my best to justify a character. I believe in changing the notion. I like taking up challenges.

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In India, especially in Bollywood, the general perception is that the film hero should be tall, dark and handsome but you being the protagonist in ‘Kadvi Hawa’, do you thing winds of change are blowing now?

Of course, times have changed. Now talent speaks more than your looks and the perception you are talking about is the perception of only a few people. For me, a person who does good work is a hero. Here, good work means good acting skills. The audience always supported me and it’s because of the love and support of the audience that I could dare to take up different roles. I experiment on things.

How was your experience working With Nila Madhab Panda?

It was an amazing experience working with Pandaji. He is a very hard-working man. The first day was quite casual as it was for the first time I was working with Nila Madhab but after two days when Pandaji said you look like a hero, we both smiled. And, we both really had a good time together.

Any message for the aspiring actors?

If you have talent, your talent will definitely speak. If you are choosing acting as a career, you have to decide whether you want to be an actor or a hero. To be a hero, you probably need a godfather but to be an actor, you only need talent. Believe in yourself.

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