Chandigarh, November 15
Walking into the starry league with Meghna Gulzar’s “Filhaal”, Sanjay Suri could well have been labelled as another actor who excels in the art of justifying pathos. But much to the surprise of skeptics, this did not happen. On a rebound, Sanjay carved an identity that spelt vision and creativity. That explains his concerted growth from ‘Filhaal’, a thoroughly sensitive film exploring fragile human relationships to ‘Jhankar Beats’, a sheer formula film that manages to make sense, and further to ‘Pinjar’, a historic project that bares realities in cinematic idioms.
In Chandigarh to keep date with the customers at a store in Sector 17 which has stocked the famous W — work wear collection for women, Sanjay explained his obsession for diversity. Taking off from ‘Pinjar’, the latest film which has established him as a sensible actor who knows his mind, Sanjay talked of how proud he was that ‘Pinjar’ became the first ever Bollywood film to open in an international film festival. “The euphoria ‘Pinjar’ generated was amazing. It was nice to be part of a production which pays tributes to human forbearance, reflected in plenty during Partition. Even more encouraging was the fact that the film was directed by a non-Punjabi. The message is thus clear — pain knows no languages.”
Sanjay admitted that he accepted “Jhankar Beats” to try his skill at comedy. “I wanted to flow as an actor. Hence ‘Jhankar Beats’. My forthcoming projects include a special appearance in ‘Dhoop’ and a major role in ‘Shaadi Ka Latoo.”
Dream roles have not yet come Sanjay’s way, loves looks up to Naseeruddin Shah in ‘Sparsh’ and Manoj Bajpai in ‘Satya’. “Every aspiring actor wants to reach these levels of acting. I am at present concentrating on comedies, but not the slapstick ones.”
With the passion of travel photography going strong, Sanjay says he wants to feature in a negative role now. “I am exploiting my negative shades in the film titled, “Fida”. That would mark another transition in my career.”
And what about the part of his life where his wife Ambika rules? “Well that’s a sacred bond. Thankfully, my wife has nothing to do with films. She is a psychologist. Believe me, every actor needs one psychologist at home,” suggests a beaming Sanjay, who took out draws in the store late this evening. While some winners won dates with Sanjay Suri, the rest won a free wardrobe at the store.