Always been a recognisable face in households, television actors are making their shift in film industry. We spoke to one such actorVishal Singh who will be making his debut with Traffic. Here is what he has to say about moving from TV to films
I hail from Bhatinda in Punjab, and I completed my education in my hometown. As a kid, I loved watching movies but never dreamt of becoming an actor. After college, I moved to Delhi where I started working with an event management firm and I did many big shows. I once happened to visit Mumbai for a show at Yash Raj Studios. I knew nothing about Mumbai, so after the event, I was walking down the YRF lane when a girl came up to me and told me she liked my face and that Balaji (Telefilms) was looking for a new actor to be cast in one of their shows. I was in shock at how I landed this audition, especially for a Balaji show.
At the audition, I honestly told them I didn’t know anything about acting but, still, I was selected for the lead role after a few rounds. It was a role opposite Prachi Desai, who was a very big actress in TV at that time. But Prachi landed her first film and the show never saw the light of day. After a few more auditions and a few rejections, my first showKuch Iss Tarah finally materialsied. I went on to do many more television shows.
Learning on sets
I learnt everything I know about acting on the sets. I didn’t attend any workshops or even acting classes. Television teaches you a lot as you are working throughout the year and the more you act, the better you get at the craft.
One of my friends was working with Endemol and the company was planning its first film, which happened to be Traffic, which is also a remake of a Malayalam film. My friend suggested that I watch the original film and since I loved it, I wanted to be part of its Hindi version. So my friend recommended me to the director (late) Rajesh Pillai, who presented me with three roles and I auditioned for each one. I finally bagged the role of the guy who meets with an accident. When you watch the film, you will realise how important each character is as five stories are running parallel in Traffic. The best part was that I got to work with some very talented actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Divya Dutta and Prosenjit.
Sticking to the script
Our director didn’t want us to memorise the dialogue; he preferred that we go with the flow. There were no workshops but as people who shared screen space, we used to do readings together, so that we got familiar with each other’s way of working. It helped us to know each other on the sets. The backdrop of the film is close to the original film, and our director gave it a pan-India storyline, which will connect with every viewer.