Thanks to Tiger Zinda Hai, we ended the year with a superhit movie in cinemas. And while many are raving about the lead stars in the film, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, supporting actor like Angad Bedi formed the backbone of this epic action movie. Here, he tells Suranjana Biswas the secrets of his craft
On The Brief
My character is an explosives expert. He is a man of action and few words. He is almost like the second hero in the film. He has attitude and a lot of confidence. He is calm and internalises things. While guns are blazing, he has Tiger’s back at all times. Tiger trusts only my character, Major Namit Khanna. He knows that he is on a mission. He has a record of defusing bombs in the Kashmir valley and can defuse eight bombs in one go. He knows his life is on the line and he is okay with it.
On The Role
I was trained for the role for a month and a half. I was put through exclusive kick-boxing classes. I trained with a Hollywood action master, who taught me how to hold a gun, how to run with it, the body language of a RAW agent, how to reload and unload a gun. I got the chance to learn a lot of technicalities involved in making explosives.
On The Challenges
I had to put on a lot of muscle weight and I also sustained many injuries during the shoot. At the same time, I had to be agile while performing the sequences. There were many challenges in understanding the look of the character, the physicality, also shooting in 50-55 degrees Celsius in Abu Dhabi. It wasn’t a set, we shot on real locations. After doing Ungli, this film involved a lot of action sequences. Inside Edge too called for a lot of physicality.
On The Director
Ali loves to show his characters in a big way and all the characters are very important to him. He loves to make his films larger than life. The story revolves around Tiger and Zoya, but he gave equal importance to Namit. He feels that the characters should be remembered and the story should have a commercial background along with storytelling. We were trying to collaborate for a long time, and I am glad he offered me this role.
On his Co-Stars
Most of my scenes are with Salman bhai. I have known him for many years and he has watched me grow. It is good to bond with him on a personal level, to work with him, and to know the man behind the stardom. It is because of his personality that people are drawn to him. It would be great to associate with him professionally again.
On The Response
It has been quite special; every review has mentioned my name and my body of work. I am enjoying all the praise I am receiving. People love the bomb scene I have done with Salman bhai. It is very heart-warming.
For now, there is Inside Edge 2. I have also finished shooting for my next film called Soorma, with Diljit Dosanjh and Tapsee Pannu, and that is up for release on June 25.