A Long Wait

Khosla Ka Ghosla was made in 2003 but released three years later. I thought this can happen to an actor only once in his life.”

Written by Dipti Nagpaul D'souza | Published: April 6, 2012 2:24:47 am

Khosla Ka Ghosla was made in 2003 but released three years later. I thought this can happen to an actor only once in his life.” With more than half-a-dozen of his completed films waiting for release,Ranvir Shorey is understandably disappointed. “I can name them for you,” he laughs,before ranting off the titles—Rajat Kapoor’s Fatso,Saurabh Shukla’s I’m 24,Navneet Baj Saini’s Bangkok Blues,Amit Saxena’s Tina Ki Chaabi,ensemble Mumbai Cutting,Percept’s Carry On Pandu,Anant Mahadevan’s Gaur Hari Dastaan and Rakesh Mehta’s Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi. The 39-year-old was last seen in 2010 in Emotional Atyachaar – The Film.

Things are finally looking up for the actor with four releases this year. While Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi will hit the theatres on April 20,Fatso’s outing is scheduled for May 11 and the dates for Mumbai Cutting and Gaur Hari Dastaan are being worked out. Yash Raj Films’ Ek Tha Tiger,where he plays a supporting role,will have a September release. He also has a cameo in Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children.

This possible turn of fortune,feels Shorey,may have been the luck that his newborn,Haroon Shorey,has brought along. “I had partied for way too long,20 years. I was ready to take on the role of a father,” he says.

While Haroon is away in Kolkata with his mother,actor Konkana Sen,Shorey is focussing on promoting his upcoming releases. Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi is a multi-track ensemble film with actors Kay Kay Menon and Manu Rishi as part of the cast. It narrates four stories that take place over one day,which culminate in a common climax. Shorey plays a Bengali NRI whose character undergoes a complete transformation by the end of that day.

The actor is keenly awaits the release of Fatso,which has been directed by his friend. A slice-of-life film,it is a love triangle where Shorey plays an overweight artist,Sudeep. Having put on 15 kg for the role,this film,says the actor,has been the toughest of the lot. “I have been skinny all my life and for my role in Fatso,I had to go on a diet of curries,potatoes and rice,” he recollects. It is,however,the character’s emotional graph and the body language of an overweight person that he enjoyed enacting the most.

Shorey is now eager for some of these films to release “so that my chances at bagging some good roles,improve”. “I miss interacting with people who may have loved or hated my work. As an actor,that is what I live for,” he says. He adds that he does not wish to be misunderstood as someone who is ungrateful for what his privileged position offers. “I react this way because I love my job and am an emotional person,” he says.

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