Most of the character actors dream of becoming big one day, they dream of becoming stars some day, and they dream of becoming superstars every day. Then came Sonu Sood. He dreamt something unusual. He dreamt of not only working with superstars but working in super hit films. Singh Is Kinng and Jodhaa Akbar gave him the recognition he deserved. Flashback a few years ago when Sonu did Yuva with Mani Ratnam. That’s when Abhinav Kashyap used to assist Mani and that’s when Sonu and Kashyap first met. Today, the actor can’t thank the director for what he said back then, “I like you as an actor and will definitely cast you when I’ll direct my first feature film”. UK’s Harrow Observer columnist talks to Cheedi Singh aka Sonu Sood. There is an explosive tone in his voice and that’s when you come to know that ‘bang’ is too small a word to describe his acting expertise.
“Salman is shown very raw in this film. This film is written so well by Abhinav. I’ve known him since Yuva days when he used to assist Mani Ratnam and he always believed in his writing. Even before Salman Khan had come on board, I had read the script and I knew that whoever would do the role of Chulbul Pandey will be going in the history books. It was Chulbul which chose Salman. “
“I play Cheedi Singh in the film and I play a youth politician. I have some great dialogues in the film too. ‘Kanoon ke haath aur Cheedi Singh ki laat dono bahut lambi hai bhaiyaa’. There are these punches which will work big time in the film.
OUATIM had some great dialogues and dialogues do give a certain edge to a film. I really do believe that if the lines are nice, the actors graph goes up. If you have a good script with crisp dialogues, you are going on a winning streak.
Abhinav was a good friend ever since Yuva days. He had a potential for making it big one day and the day has come. I remember he told me that he loved me in Yuva and he would cast me if he were to direct his first feature film. When Dabangg happened, he came up to me said that the time has come Sonu, to deliver.
I really don’t share screen space with Sonakshi Sinha in the film. Though most of my scenes are with Salman. I’ve met Sonakshi so many times on the sets. Since it was her first film, she came across as a great observer. Times are changing. Every film we have some new faces being launched. The level of insecurity in Bollywood is great. So you have no option but to be the best to survive. Sonakshi is coming from a film background and her great force in acting is her father Shatrughan Sinha. She is always a learner and it’s good. Her curiosity level is inspiring as that’s what will make her a good actor.
In the time of sequels, I’m glad to be a part of the Singh Is Kinng sequel. Vipul Shah has confirmed saying that it’s going to happen soon. In fact the talks of Dabangg sequel are on too. It’s good for me as an actor. Sequels give you more boosts to act better.
All big stars know their genres pretty well. Hrithik is a very hard performer. He knows that he will get it right. He does a lot of rehearsals, he will talk about it. While Akshay is more of a spontaneous guy who will suddenly come up with something new in the scene. In the take he will come up with new lines which will make the scene look different. With Salman, he improvises his scenes a lot. If you have an actor like Salman, you know he will create some sort of magic on the sets.
I’m starting a film with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan called Buddha which is produced by Ram Gopal Varma. It is directed by Puri Jagannath who directed the original of Wanted in the South called Pokhri. I am playing a cop in the film and am really looking to work with Mr. Bachchan. Buddha is going to be a biggie for me.