Popular TV actor Vishal Singh of “Saath Nibhana Saathiya” fame says he learnt a lot by observing his co-star Manoj Bajpayee while working with him in the upcoming film “Traffic”.
The movie marks the big screen debut of the actor, best known for playing Jigar Modi on the daily soap.
“I am a big fan of Manoj sir. Just by looking at him perform I learnt so much. He is a brilliant actor. On set, he would be talking to you normally but as soon as the camera rolled he would completely switch into his character which was very inspiring,” Vishal told PTI.
Directed by late Rajesh Pillai, “Traffic” is the remake of a 2011 Malayalam film of the same name. The 30-year-old actor, who has featured on shows like “Kasamh Se”, “Kuchh Is Tara”, plays a character very close to his real life but wants to live up to the expectations of the audience.
“I am generally a nice guy. Even the character I played in ‘Saath Nibhana…’ was good. Here too, the character is quite close to who I am as a person so I didn’t have to go out of my way to understand it.
“But, there is a general nervousness that I have, that I need to live up to the expectations. I am quite confident the way the film has turned out.”
The drama-thriller is inspired from an actual event that happened in Chennai, where a doctor couple donated organs of their 15-year-old son who died in a road accident.
The young boy’s heart was transported to another hospital for a girl who required heart transplant. The journey, which would’ve taken close to 45 minutes with traffic, was completed in 11 minutes as the police cleared the way and gave green signal for the ambulance to pass.
Vishal says there were other films before “Traffic” which were offered to him but he rejected them because the roles were not as strong.
“I had no plans of becoming an actor in the first place. There were other films which were offered to me before Traffic but I didn’t take it because the roles did not really excite me. But as far as TV goes, it is very important for me, I will not leave it completely.”