Remember Vipin Sharma, the man who was so convincing as an authoritative dad of the central protagonist Darsheel Safary in Taare Zameen Par? Now he would be returning in an altogether different avtar as a gangster in Sudhir Mishra's Yeh Saali Zindagi which releases this Friday.
"The part of a gangster? Well I too was baffled when this role came to me because Bollywood was bent upon turning me into a father; a typical character artist post Taare Zameen Par", says Vipin animatedly, "And here there was Sudhir who wanted me to turn into a gangster. Really, he sounded like an angel from the other end of the phone when he started narrating this character who is an important element in his twisted thriller."
Vipin had his doubts though whether the film would have a commercial appeal to it. He didn't hesitate asking Sudhir about it and was relieved when the filmmaker confirmed that he was indeed making one this time around in the form of Yeh Saali Zindagi.
"Also, I was glad that here was one director who was seeing something else in me and not the typical 'character artist', a term that I hate and find derogatory", says Vipin, "In my opinion every actor is a character in a movie. I find these labels quite outdated and passe. I refuse to be a character artist."
It didn't take time for Vipin to say 'yes' immediately after. "What else could I have asked for", he smiles, "I was getting into a new avatar, had to shoot in Delhi fog after almost 15 years of gap, work with my best friend Irrfan (Khan) and become great friends with Chitrangda (Singh) and a whole bunch of new people who have now become great friends. Really, Yeh Saali Zindagi is not to be missed. It is a very unique film. When Sudhir says he is making a commercial film with a difference you know he is using the word 'difference' in its truest essence." On a parting note, Vipin adds, "Thanks Sudhir for trusting me. I hope I have delivered."