Chandan Roy Sanyal, known for his work in films like Kaminey and D-Day, plays a cop in the upcoming Kaanchi, directed by Subhash Ghai. The reference point for the actor was Anil Kapoor’s character Lakhan in the 1989 film, Ram Lakhan which was also directed by Ghai. “Subhash Ghai’s brief was that the character had to be funny and loud. I had to grow a moustache and bulk up a little,” says the actor who found it very difficult to adjust to Ghai’s style of film-making.
“Most of the roles I’ve done so far have been very realistic, but Subhash Ghai wanted me to be very heroic. His style of film-making was different and difficult for me. He likes to surprise his actors and most times you get your lines when you come on the sets,” says Sanyal.
Post Kaanchi , the actor will be seen in Abbas Tyrewala’s Mango. “I play a private detective, who’s a virgin. He’s very shy and doesn’t know how to talk to women— a trait representative of most Indian men in our society. I spy on my best friend’s girlfriend whose name is Mango, but I fall in love with her and start cheating on my friend. My character then turns into a compulsive liar.”
Another film that the actor has finished shooting for, is called Island City, for NFDC (National Film Development Corporation Ltd). The script of the film was selected at the Venice International Film Festival. Sanyal plays a Gujarati guy dealing with motor parts in the film.