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Superbly simple

Sanjay Suri is content with the kind of roles he is getting to do



Waiting for his turn — Photo: S. Arneja

SANJAY SURI loves Pinjar for two reasons: "It is a period film" — he has never worked in one. And "there is no Pak-bashing". For Dhoop, he agreed to do a guest appearance because when he saw the real story of the martyr on television he was moved. "I got tears in my eyes when I saw the film. I also read the fag end of his story in various newspapers." To live the character of this martyr, he "bought lots of book on Kargil".

There are two more reasons for why this lover of adventurous sports and basketball loved working in Dhoop too. "The film depicts winning of hostilities in an elegant way. Is main sharafat ke sath jiti gayi jang ka portrayal hai." And "acting with two legendary actors like Om Puri and Revathi was like a dream come true."

Sanjay is sporting a simple shirt and trousers, graceful as ever. At a time when most heroes come in colourful, bright, torn or faded outfits and sport earrings or tattoo, Sanjay does not even draw close to it.

"I don't like those dangles for myself but have no qualms if others are wearing them. Look I am not even wearing a wristwatch. What matters is the calibre at last." And it is because of this calibre that he is getting substantial, though small, roles. Dig him a bit and he sounds upset on the length of roles he is offered.

"What do I do? Either keep waiting for right opportunity or just prove myself through roles that I am getting." And he prefers the latter because "the kind of roles I want to do, I don't get and if one film of mine like Jhankar Beats does well, I am flooded with only that kind of roles".

Though he admits that the success of Jhankar Beats gave him a boost, he counts his next film Bandi and Shadi Ka Laddo in the same category. The latter compares and contrasts a man's life before and after marriage. Ashish Choudhary of Qayamat fame co-stars him in this film.

"It is a hilarious film. I got to do a lot of comedy in it. I am sure it will revive neat comedy on the big screen."

Ask this "home bug" and a "non-party man" what is his lifetime wish, he says nostalgically, "to go back to my beloved Kashmir. I am sure I will return there one day." And one does not feel like disturbing him when he says this. He is lost in his own world.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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