Gabbar Singh, Siddappa Naidu aka Abhimanyu Singh. He has yet again surprised all with his recent villainous character in Department. Well-known for his negative role in films like Gulaal, Rakht Charitra, Singh is the one, better defined as a gentle and humble person in real life. During a candid chat with Nabanita Maji from OneIndia, Abhimanyu opened up on his onscreen baddie avatars and upcoming projects. Here are the excerpts from Abhimanyu's interview:
Firstly, congrats for the film Gabbar Singh's super success at the Box Office. How was your experience working with Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Hassan?
Thanks a lot. My experience working with Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Hassan was wonderful. I've learnt a lot from Pawan Kalyan. It was great working in Gabbar Singh. Pawan, despite being such a big star, is such a calm and humble person. Shruti and the other cast were equally good.
If you had to rate Gabbar Singh and Dabbang, which one would you rate higher and why?
I would rate both the films equally. The background of both the films are same, but it's not a copy paste completely. Hence, both films carries it's own importance.
Your debut film Aks was with Amitabh Bachchan and your recent release Department too was with the Big B. How was your experience working with the legend?
Amitabhji is a legend. It was great experience working with him in Aks. But unfortunately, I and Amitabhji don't have a scene together in Department.
You have tasted success in both Bollywood as well as the South film industry. How would you compare both?
It's difficult to compare both as they are two different industries. But interestingly, they have the similar kind of passionate people working. So, I personally don't find too much of difference.
In recent times, the Bollywood stars are making their way towards the small screens. What do you think is the core reason behind this?
The reason being the stars want to reach out to every nook and corner of the nation. There are no multiplexes and cinema halls in many areas of our country, hence television is the best option. One can watch out these shows sitting at home. So, it's the way how stars are reaching out at every home.
Do you think Bollywood is all about the Khans?
Definitely, no. There are so many critically acclaimed actors in the industry. Aren't they good?
Your upcoming projects.
One of my upcoming projects is Ab Tak Chappan 2. I wouldn't like to talk much about the other projects as it's too early to speak about them.