Actor Shekhar Suman is a person of many skills. He has additionally been a profitable host and a filmmaker. Over a profession spanning over 25 years, Suman has carried out in movies and tv alike, giving us some memorable roles in Chor Machaye Shor, Anubhav and others.

His Sameer Diwan in cult sitcom Dekh Bhai Dekh nonetheless stays one of many favourites of the viewers. Whereas his Movers N Shakers gave us India’s first late evening speak present in late 1990s, his flip as a decide for The Nice Indian Laughter Problem in early 2000s helped the viewers uncover an excellent line-up of homegrown stand-up comedians.

However how did all of it started for Shekhar Suman? Right here’s what the artiste shared:

1. What was your first appearing challenge? How did the challenge come to you?

My first film was Utsav (1984), produced by Shashi Kapoor. There was hypothesis that many actors have been vying for that function. I had given my screen-test however I had not been informed that I had acquired the function. I nonetheless bear in mind in the future, I used to be peeping inside Prithvi Theatre, put up my audition for Utsav. Shashi Kapoor was watering his crops. He checked out me and requested me to return inside. Like a bit of youngster, I went there. He stated, ‘Don’t you need the function?’ I stated after all! He stated, ‘Go seize it earlier than another person grabs it. You may have been chosen to play the hero.’ Are you able to think about, I ran all the distance from Prithvi Theatre, Juhu to Andheri, with out even stopping for an auto. I needed to interrupt this information to my elder sister with whom I used to be staying at the moment. She requested me if I used to be certain that I acquired the function. This was unimaginable. I had simply come to Bombay and inside three weeks, I had bagged the movie with none different that Rekha. That was an unprecedented break. I had grown up watching Rekha. So, I might by no means think about in my desires that I could possibly be forged reverse her. Earlier than I might say Jack Robinson, I used to be there in entrance of Rekha.

2. What do you bear in mind out of your first day on set?

I bear in mind the primary shot was a lovemaking scene with Rekha. I believed I might in all probability die. Girish Karnad got here to me and stated, ‘This can be a large day and your first shot goes to be with Rekha. You’re a younger actor and I can think about you could have apprehensions and reservations. She’s a really skilled actress and is simply doing her function. So don’t be hesitant in giving your greatest, even when it’s important to put your arm round her or be near her. It’s only a function you’re enjoying.’ My coronary heart was actually pumping, however that gave me quite a lot of confidence.

My first take was in Kundapur, close to Mangalore in a 400 yr outdated home. I distinctly bear in mind, I used to be dressed because the character Charudutt. I got here and lay down subsequent to Rekha. And, earlier than she might say a line, I simply put my arm round her and stated my strains. She instantly stopped and checked out Girish and stated, ‘Oh my god, isn’t he alleged to be nervous? Take a look at his confidence.’ Girish stated, ‘He’s been practising so much with a pillow the entire day.’ All of us burst out in laughter and that eased the scenario. After that, I by no means appeared again, as a result of that’s the barricade you needed to break. After that I used to be simply the character and he or she was so cooperative {and professional}. I owe it to her for having accepted a brand new comer like me as a lead half. I’m indebted to her, Girish Karnad and Shashi Kapoor.

3. Have been you nervous? What number of retakes did you are taking?

I used to be 20 occurring 21 and paired reverse an enormous star. Fortunately, I had a theatre background. I got here from Delhi and was fairly ready. Issues at all times get the higher of you. There was nervousness in addition to large pleasure. And also you needed to stability out the feelings at that second.

utsav film shekhar suman Shekhar Suman starrer Utsav (1984) was directed by Girish Karnad.

4. How was the rapport together with your co-stars and group whenever you acquired to fulfill or work with them once more later?

Irrespective of how shut you get in the course of the capturing, sadly, the tempo of life is such in Bombay and the trade, that you just simply are likely to go your individual methods. I saved in contact with Shashi ji however sadly, after some time he had fallen ailing, he had misplaced his spouse, I misplaced my son, there was quite a lot of commotion in our lives. He was the nicest gentleman I had recognized. I don’t understand how he was an actor. Actors have a lot air and reservations, however his workplace at Prithvi Theatre could be open to everybody. One might have lunch, sit there, he would converse to everybody. There have been no restrictions.

I used to be already married at 21, and my first son was born a yr later. I bear in mind I took my son to the units in Movie Metropolis the place the climax was being shot. Shashi ji checked out me and stated “Who is that this?” I stated, “My child.” He stated, “Are you kidding me?” He stopped the shoot, referred to as everybody, and stated, “Simply see this child has produced a child!” Everybody would carry Aayush (son) on the set. My spouse Alka would usually go to the set and we had a good time. After we have been capturing, each night Shashi ji would include a bottle and ask what I might drink, eat. He was so loving.

Girish had gone and settled in Bangalore. On and off I might meet Rekha on the events and change pleasantries. I at all times saved these folks in my thoughts as a result of I owe my life and profession to them.

5. If given an opportunity to return to your debut function, what would you want to vary or do higher?

I might beef up. I used to be too skinny and too younger so I wish to have some abs. I wish to have a beard. As an actor I used to be very pleased with what I did. Maybe the best way I appeared in Utsav, there’s nothing to vary. My lean physique was the rationale why I used to be chosen. If I had muscular tissues, in all probability I might’ve been rejected. It was the function of an impoverished Brahmin. However on a lighter be aware, I might make him appear like at the moment’s boy.

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6. One movie or function that impressed you to develop into an actor?

A great deal of movies. I used to be born with the will to be an actor. I feel from age 6-7, I began watching films. By the point I used to be 12-13, I began watching all of the outdated releases. I caught up with Motilal, Balraj Sahni, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Ok Asif, Bimal Roy, Meheboob Khan, Guru Dutt, and that’s what I needed to be. I grew to become an enormous fan of Dilip Kumar. From him, I understood the significance of pauses. After I was rising up in Patna, the movies would come there very late, after 6-Eight months of its launch in Delhi or Bombay. So in that interim interval they used to launch outdated movies, which have been 10-15 years outdated. That’s after I caught up with outdated classics like Madhumati, Devdas, Mom India, Do Bheega Zameen, and these have been like establishments for me. Mughal-e-Azam and Ganga Jamuna have been two movies which actually impacted me. Within the later years, I used to be impressed with the form of efficiency Amitabh Bachchan gave in movies like Abhiman, Mili, Anand, Namak Haram, Zanjeer, Deewar. His appearing model was utterly completely different. It impacted me as an actor. I realised I needed to be a extra pure actor. I used to be additionally influenced by Govind Nihalani, Shyam Benegal and Gulzar.

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