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Almost famous

Ranvir Shorey has moved beyond veejaying to theatre and movies



My future is so bright... . — Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

RANVIR SHOREY politely tells the lens man that he will not strike any "Veejay poses because I don't veejay anymore! I quit two years ago. I see movies as a natural progression - I mean I would rather be an actor at 40 rather than a veejay at 40!"

Ranvir who have been busy as a bee with acting assignments, insists that "veejays should come with a self-imposed expiry date. Being a veejay is not career option in the sense that one should not look to retiring at 52 as a veejay. It is a good platform and gives you great exposure to the business of showbiz. But it is basically a youth thing. I had the greatest time in my five to six years as veejay but I feel one must move on." Being a veejay according to Ranvir is "rock star like, one is almost famous, you know what I mean?"

Ranvir went through a certain "disappointment post veejaying. There was a definite dip but I feel the sooner you face it the better it would be."

As an actor Ranvir says one might "hit the ceiling demand wise but you can never scale the limit of your personal growth. I think I now know what the acting bug is all about, it is about getting that perfect moment."

Different strokes

"I personally do not find much difference in acting on stage or screen. I think it is just a matter of intensity and it is part of the actor's job profile to be able to control it." Ranvir admits that "theatre does not allow you the luxury of retakes. If you blow it, you blow it for the whole team. Having said that I feel there is more scope for an actor in cinema. Theatre is a face-to-face medium. The fragmentary nature of cinema is its strength. I consider theatre my practice field and cinema my karma bhoomi." And what about all those who feel that cinema is ugly commercialisation of art? "Oh that is just a neurotic outgrowth of some sort of misplaced ideas."

Ranvir who had his "baptism by fire with Ek Choti si Love Story," has Aye Dil, Hum Dum directed by Kushan Nandi and Khosla ka Ghosla ready for release. He has also done an English film called Malabar Cadillac directed by Phillippe Gautier, which "is a small road film with a very urban Indian sensibility."

Doing different movies is by design as Ranvir feels he cannot do "set ups. Most of Bollywood works like that. Get Shah Rukh, and Preity Zinta and make a story. It works the other way too as in if I am cast as the lead, the producer will have a fit, the distributor will have a fit. The economics have to pan out."

The scene will change according to Ranvir only "once mindsets change. I sometimes wish life could be edited faster!" At 32 Ranvir feels he "Beginning a new phase of life. Twenties is the time for making mistakes and thirties is the time when you know enough not to repeat them!

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