The Telegraph chats with the 41-year-old actor who burst into Bollywood with a robust act in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey greater than a decade in the past
Chandan Roy Sanyal — who burst into Bollywood with a robust act in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey greater than a decade in the past — is being praised for his half in Vasan Bala’s Highlight in Ray, Netflix’s four-in-one adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s quick tales. The 41-year-old actor additionally tasted success with the online sequence Ashram final 12 months, co-starring Bobby Deol. What’s been probably the most memorable suggestions for Ray to date?Gajraj Rao, a co-actor from the present, despatched me a really candy message, telling me how a lot he loved my work. That was very particular. Loads of fellow actors have additionally reached out.How did you react once you heard that Satyajit Ray’s quick tales have been being tailored and once you have been supplied the a part of Robi in Highlight?I used to be truly fairly excited. It’s important as a result of that is Ray’s start centenary 12 months. And being a Bengali who has grown up watching his movies, to be a part of such a celebration was thrilling for me as an actor.What are your earliest reminiscences of watching and studying Ray?My earliest reminiscences have been at school. Throughout Durga Puja in Delhi, the place I grew up, in my locality in Karol Bagh there was open-air movie screenings. Loads of the classics of Ray and (Ritwik) Ghatak have been proven on an enormous display screen. I’d go together with my mom. I used to be very small and didn’t perceive a lot, however I keep in mind going for these screenings.While you grew up, how did you interpret his works?The opposite day I used to be watching Kapurush (1965) and I hadn’t seen that movie earlier, although I had watched Mahapurush. It was made in black-and-white within the ’60s and remains to be so related. For me, Ray will at all times be on a par with a (Akira) Kurosawa, a (Jean-Luc) Godard, (Alfred) Hitchcock. His vary was unbelievable. His shot-taking, the performances and the artwork, the music in his movies… simply magical.Robi is a tribute, after all, to the enduring actor Rabi Ghosh, who was additionally one in every of Ray’s favourites. How did you go about taking part in him?When Vasan (Bala, the director) instructed me in regards to the position, I realised that the half was not there within the unique quick (additionally referred to as Highlight). However they tailored it and put on this character, who was truly initially named Asrani, based mostly on the Man Friday type of position that Asrani performed to Amitabh Bachchan’s character in Abhimaan… the supervisor of this megalomanic famous person and the way he handles him like nobody else can.Robi isn’t somebody who’s at Vik’s (performed by Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor) beck and name. In reality, he tells him on his face the place he’s going improper. Usually, a supervisor wouldn’t dare to talk like this to a star. However Robi and Vik’s relationship is completely different. They’re on a par, the facility equation shouldn’t be lopsided of their case. He features as Vik’s chetna, his consciousness.
One of many main causes to signal on is that Aranyer Din Ratri is my favorite Ray movie and Robi Ghosh is stellar in that movie. My favorite half in that movie was performed by Robi Ghosh. In order a homage, I advised to Vasan that permit’s name him Robi. I needed to work on the pitch and mannerisms of the character.
You lately received reward on your act in Prakash Jha’s net sequence Ashram and now Robi can be being appreciated. How is Chandan Roy Sanyal 2.0 his profession now?The facility of the streaming medium is so excessive. The success of Ashram has given me confidence. I by no means hold any expectations from something that I do. I put my coronary heart and soul into every little thing I do. However generally you see that you’re working a lot, however you don’t get the advantages.
Streaming platforms have revolutionised and rejuvenated my profession. It’s additionally given me perception in my craft, as soon as once more. It made me realise that although I’ve at all times stated I’ve no expectations, I actually wanted that type of endorsement from the viewers. Individuals would hold telling me, ‘You haven’t bought your due’ and that rankled someplace. OTT gave me that life. Now I really feel contemporary, I really feel it’s a second innings. I used to be simply telling a buddy that I’m taking new guard on the cricket pitch now.You lately put out a heartwarming publish on finishing 20 years in Mumbai. What have been the most important learnings from town and your time within the movie trade?The trade has given me rather a lot… proper, improper…. I selected to be in present enterprise. The opposite day I used to be watching Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight a couple of comic attempting to get by way of life. Present enterprise is a really powerful life. It’s unpredictable, and you must have the drive to outlive. Anthony Hopkins has simply received an Oscar for Greatest Actor (for The Father) at age 83. I get impressed by issues like that. I need to stick round. I used to be at all times ready for this journey. None of my movies have made (Rs) 100-crore, although most of them have been critically acclaimed. I’ve at all times been in for the lengthy haul.