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 Kumud Mishra formed the backbone of this epic action movie. Here, he tells Suranjana Biswas the secrets of his craft
On The Brief
When the role was offered to me, I got to know only about a certain part of the script. They also told me that the character was a middle-aged man who was an expert in technology. The script was still being written. I said yes on the basis of that brief. Still, the director asked me to read the script once before I said yes. I told him I had faith in him. When you have worked with a director, you know his calibre and hence I felt I was right in deciding to take up the role.
On The Role
When I read the script, I could already visualise the character, including his look. I discussed my look in the film with the director and even made a few suggestions. Basically, my character was supposed to look like a retiree and, to some extent, quite lazy. I added the Gandhi spectacles during the look test. Since I have already worked with the director, all he needed to do was explain the scenes to me before the shot. He did not go into the details.
On The Challenges
I was suffering from a slipped disc while I was shooting. That actually helped make my character look more authentic. It was quite challenging for me but the production appointed a doctor on the sets, who was available in case of an emergency. I had to also undergo physiotherapy on a regular basis as I was finding it difficult to walk.
On The Director
It is always great to associate with Ali Abbas Zafar. After doing Sultan, people called me and appreciated my performance. The role wasn’t really big but I was still noticed and I feel this is only possible when a director has the vision and ability to draw the best out of an actor. This also boosts an actor’s confidence and encourages him or her to perform better. You realise that the director will make you stand out even when you don’t have any lines in a scene. That’s why, when you work with a director like this for the second time, you are motivated to give it your best shot so that you don’t disappoint him in any way.
On his Co-Stars
This is my second film with Salman Khan, and of course, it is always a great experience to work with him. He is always in a zone. He is always very kind to his co-stars. I have experienced this while shooting for both Sultan and this film. I believe that humour works only when your co-actors react to it. In my case, it was his contribution that made my punch lines work in the film.
On The Response
People have appreciated my performance and I have been receiving a lot of compliments for my character. I feel that when a film works well, everything else falls into place. Then, even if your performance is not up to mark, the audience sometimes doesn’t mind watching the film. On the other hand, when a film doesn’t work, people lose interest in the character.
I am looking forward to Aiyaary, I loved working with Neeraj Pandey. Then there is Ramsingh Charlie directed by Nitin Kakkar, where I am playing the lead role. I am quite excited about it. I hope I can justify my character because the movie turned out to be really good.