Sanjay Suri is a typical Delhi boy from a non-film family who’s slowly but steadily making it big on the strength of his hard work, talent and good looks! A quick parlez-vous with the 30-year old hunk!
From ‘Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi’ to ‘Pinjar’, it’s been one long journey, and surely, a journey of growth!
(Laughs)Oh yes! Can you imagine? ‘Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi’ was a typical youngster movie in which all of us, including Rinke Khanna, were new. We were raw and lacking in confidence. And now my last release was ‘Pinjar’, another film with ‘P’, but in which I’m opposite seasoned actors (like Urmila) and feel so much more seasoned, mature and confident of myself. It’s been a long journey, and I’d say an eventful and progressive one too!
‘Jhankaar Beats’ was the turning point in your career!
(Smiles)It was! ‘JB’ changed my life. I played the compromising lover boy in ‘Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi’. After that I did well-known films like ‘Daman’ and ‘Dil Vil Pyar Vyar’, but people still didn’t take me seriously. With ‘Filhaal’ (in which I was opposite Tabu) people stood up and took note of me as an actor, even though the film failed. But with ‘Jhankaar Beats’ (opposite Juhi Chawla), I got my first commercial hit. People have been coming to me with well-written roles now.
You’ve just had a release, ‘Dhoop’!
Yeah, but I have a special appearance in the film, opposite Gul Panag (ex-Miss India). The film is premised on Om Puri and Revathy. It’s a fabulous script based on a real subject, which is why I agreed to do a special appearance as a Kargil martyr. Have you read the reviews of ‘Dhoop’? The critics are gushing! Moreover, I am very close to war films because my father was also killed as a result of communal warfare in Kashmir. It happened in front of my eyes.
Name your forthcoming films?
Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Plan’, which is a comic thriller, and another laugh-riot titled ‘Shaadi Ka Laddoo’, being made by Raj Kaushal who made my debut film ‘Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi’. I enjoy doing comedy. But I also want to look at doing something different, like a negative role for example, would be exciting. In ‘Plan’, I have a bit of grey. There are two other interesting offers about which I’ll talk towards the end of this year.
You married suddenly and quickly!
(Laughs) You love and marry just once! Everything else is either lust or a passing infatuation! I met Ambu (Ambika) in Delhi through a friend and instantly fell in love with her. I didn’t think twice, just took the plunge.