May 9, 2014 10:03:24 am
He has worked in two high-profile Hollywood films ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Million Dollar Arm’ but actor Madhur Mittal is really keen to create a space for himself in Hindi film industry.
The Agra-born actor worked in Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘One 2 Ka 4’ and Salman Khan starrer ‘Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye’ as a child artiste before finding fame in the Danny Boyle directed Oscar-winning film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
Mittal played the role of grown-up Salim in the film, about a slum-kid who manages to win one million in a game show. “My family is proud of my roles in these two films but they are keen to see me in a Hindi film. I worked in SRK and Salman Khan’s films as a child artiste so Bollywood has always been on my radar,” Mittal told PTI.
Asked whether it would be difficult to navigate Bollywood stardom considering the premium put on looks, Mittal joked he was ready to undergo these changes.
“I am ready to grow my muscles but these things don’t define an actor. You need to have the ability to act to become one. Luckily, there is a wind of change happening in Hindi cinema. Good work is coming to people who are not conventionally good looking like Ranbir Kapoor or Akshay Kumar.
“There are people like Anurag Kashyap and other who give work to not just lookers,” said the actor, who has two films, a comedy and a biopic, besides other television projects.
Things did not change as well for Mittal as they did for Dev Patel and Freida Pinto post ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ but the actor has no regrets.
“We did not have lives as interesting as others. People gossip some of it was true some of it was not. When you have a love angle between the lead it is much more readable than about someone who is back to being a struggler again. But things are looking up and hopefully I will be doing good roles in both Hollywood and Bollywood,” said Mittal.
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