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Shekhar Suman revisits Utsav, says ‘my first shot was a lovemaking scene with Rekha and I was ready to die’: First of Many

Actor Shekhar Suman is a person of many skills. He has additionally been a profitable host and a filmmaker. Over a profession spanning greater than 25 years, Suman has carried out in movies and tv alike, giving us some memorable roles in Chor Machaye Shor, Anubhav and others.

His Sameer Diwan in cult sitcom Dekh Bhai Dekh nonetheless stays one of many favourites of the viewers. Whereas his Movers N Shakers gave us India’s first late night time speak present in late 1990s, his flip as a decide for The Nice Indian Laughter Problem in early 2000s helped the viewers uncover a superb line-up of homegrown stand-up comedians.

However how did all of it start for Shekhar Suman? Right here’s what the artiste shared:

What was your first performing undertaking? How did the undertaking come to you?

My first film was Utsav (1984), produced by Shashi Kapoor. There was hypothesis that many actors have been vying for that position. I had given my screen-test however I had not been advised that I had obtained the position. I nonetheless keep in mind sooner or later, I used to be peeping inside Prithvi Theatre, submit my audition for Utsav. Shashi Kapoor was watering his vegetation. He checked out me and requested me to return inside. Like just a little little one, I went there. He mentioned, ‘Don’t you need the position?’ I mentioned in fact! He mentioned, ‘Go seize it earlier than another person grabs it. You may have been chosen to play the hero.’ Are you able to think about, I ran the whole distance from Prithvi Theatre, Juhu to Andheri, with out even stopping for an auto. I wished to interrupt this news to my elder sister with whom I used to be staying at the moment. She requested me if I used to be positive that I obtained the position. This was unimaginable. I had simply come to Bombay and inside three weeks, I had bagged the movie with none different that Rekha. That was an unprecedented break. I had grown up watching Rekha. So, I may by no means think about in my goals that I could possibly be solid reverse her. Earlier than I may say Jack Robinson, I used to be there in entrance of Rekha.

What do you keep in mind out of your first day on set?

I keep in mind the primary shot was a lovemaking scene with Rekha. I assumed I’d most likely die. Girish Karnad got here to me and mentioned, ‘It is a enormous day and your first shot goes to be with Rekha. You’re a younger actor and I can think about you may have apprehensions and reservations. She’s a really skilled actress and is simply doing her position. So don’t be hesitant in giving your finest, even when it’s a must to put your arm round her or be near her. It’s only a position you might be taking part in.’ My coronary heart was actually pumping, however that gave me plenty of confidence.

My first take was in Kundapur, close to Mangalore in a 400 yr outdated home. I distinctly keep in mind, I used to be dressed because the character Charudutt. I got here and lay down subsequent to Rekha. And, earlier than she may say a line, I simply put my arm round her and mentioned my strains. She abruptly stopped and checked out Girish and mentioned, ‘Oh my god, isn’t he speculated to be nervous? Have a look at his confidence.’ Girish mentioned, ‘He’s been training rather a lot with a pillow the entire day.’ All of us burst out in laughter and that eased the state of affairs. After that, I by no means regarded again, as a result of that’s the barricade you needed to break. After that I used to be simply the character and she or he was so cooperative {and professional}. I owe it to her for having accepted a brand new comer like me as a lead half. I’m indebted to her, Girish Karnad and Shashi Kapoor.

Had been you nervous? What number of retakes did you are taking?

I used to be 20 occurring 21 and paired reverse an enormous star. Fortunately, I had a theatre background. I got here from Delhi and was fairly ready. Issues at all times get the higher of you. There was nervousness in addition to enormous pleasure. And also you needed to steadiness out the feelings at that second.

Shekhar Suman starrer Utsav (1984) was directed by Girish Karnad.

How was the rapport along with your co-stars and crew while you obtained to fulfill or work with them once more later?

Irrespective of how shut you get in the course of the capturing, sadly, the tempo of life is such in Bombay and the business, that you just simply are inclined to go your individual methods. I saved in contact with Shashi ji however sadly, after some time he had fallen unwell, he had misplaced his spouse, I misplaced my son, there was plenty of commotion in our lives. He was the nicest gentleman I had identified. I don’t know the way he was an actor. Actors have a lot air and reservations, however his workplace at Prithvi Theatre can be open to everybody. One may have lunch, sit there, he would communicate to everybody. There have been no restrictions.

I used to be already married at 21, and my first son was born a yr later. I keep in mind I took my son to the units in Movie Metropolis the place the climax was being shot. Shashi ji checked out me and mentioned “Who is that this?” I mentioned, “My child.” He mentioned, “Are you kidding me?” He stopped the shoot, known as everybody, and mentioned, “Simply see this child has produced a child!” Everybody would carry Aayush (son) on the set. My spouse Alka would usually go to the set and we had a good time. Once we have been capturing, each night Shashi ji would include a bottle and ask what I’d drink, eat. He was so loving.

Girish had gone and settled in Bangalore. On and off I’d meet Rekha on the events and alternate pleasantries. I at all times saved these individuals in my thoughts as a result of I owe my life and profession to them.

If given an opportunity to return to your debut position, what would you want to alter or do higher?

I’d beef up. I used to be too skinny and too younger so I wish to have some abs. I wish to have a beard. As an actor I used to be very proud of what I did. Maybe the best way I regarded in Utsav, there’s nothing to alter. My lean physique was the rationale why I used to be chosen. If I had muscle tissues, most likely I’d’ve been rejected. It was the position of an impoverished Brahmin. However on a lighter notice, I’d make him seem like at this time’s boy.

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One movie or position that impressed you to turn into an actor?

A great deal of movies. I used to be born with the need to be an actor. I believe from age 6-7, I began watching motion pictures. By the point I used to be 12-13, I began watching all of the outdated releases. I caught up with Motilal, Balraj Sahni, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Manoj Kumar, Dharmendra, Rajendra Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Okay Asif, Bimal Roy, Meheboob Khan, Guru Dutt, and that’s what I wished to be. I turned an enormous fan of Dilip Kumar. From him, I understood the significance of pauses. Once I was rising up in Patna, the movies would come there very late, after 6-Eight months of its launch in Delhi or Bombay. So in that interim interval they used to launch outdated movies, which have been 10-15 years outdated. That’s once I caught up with outdated classics like Madhumati, Devdas, Mom India, Do Bheega Zameen, and these have been like establishments for me. Mughal-e-Azam and Ganga Jamuna have been two movies which actually impacted me. Within the later years, I used to be impressed with the sort of efficiency Amitabh Bachchan gave in movies like Abhiman, Mili, Anand, Namak Haram, Zanjeer, Deewar. His performing fashion was utterly completely different. It impacted me as an actor. I realised I needed to be a extra pure actor. I used to be additionally influenced by Govind Nihalani, Shyam Benegal and Gulzar.

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