His portrayal of a deaf and mute aspiring cricketer in Nagesh Kukunoor's Iqbal put him on the Bollywood map.
Meet Shreyas Talpade, the versatile actor who proves to be as talented in comedy -- he was hillarious in Apna Sapna Money Money -- as he is in drama, like Dor.
After Aggar, which released last week, the actor has some interesting films coming up, one of them being Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om, with Shah Rukh Khan.
Patcy N caught up with the actor for more on the film, and his other projects.
How was working with Shah Rukh Khan?
Shah Rukh is an amazing human being. To give a newcomer like me so much scope in the film is unheard of. He would allow me to improvise.
People would ask me if I felt insecure working with Shah Rukh Khan in his home production with him playing the lead. But I did not feel any insecurity, as I was aware it was Shah Rukh's film and I knew what I was doing in the film. Eventually, I ended up doing more that what I was offered during the narration. And it is all thanks to Farah and Shah Rukh. Somewhere, they felt that if I am performing, they should better the shot or scene. It was never that if I got more lines, my screen presence would increase and I would steal the show.
How did your role get expanded in the movie?
I have this habit of improvising. So does Shah Rukh. He would tell me about things in 1970s, what they would do in college or theatre days. And then we would add that to our scene. In this process, you say an extra line or your lines may go to the other actor. But if you have acted in theatre, you don't think about it. You don't feel insecure. In the end, you are thinking about the film.
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