We are thankful to the OTT platforms that have introduced actors who otherwise weren’t blessing the big screen enough. One such talented actor is Amit Sial, whose journey is nothing less than a rollercoaster ride.
After appearing in various films like ‘Love Sex and Dhokha’, ‘Peter Gaya Kaam Se’, and ‘Phas Gaya Re Obama’, Sial finally tasted success on the web platform with successful shows like ‘Inside Edge’, ‘Hostages’ and ‘Mirzapur’ among others.
Sial hopes to be approached for lighter genres such as comedy and romance because he doesn’t want to limit himself by just playing intense characters. Well, who wouldn’t want to see Sial romancing on screen, right?
Gearing up for his upcoming projects, Sial talked about family’s support, ‘character’ actors, reuniting with Randeep Hooda, and more.
You come from a humble background and had no connection whatsoever with the entertainment industry. In such cases, how important do you think is one’s family’s support to take that leap of faith?
I’ve always been fortunate enough to find support from my family in whatever I do. Having said that, they were definitely wary of me taking up acting as a full-time profession. Their suspicion was mostly based on the concern and my welfare rather than being an obstacle to my decision of pursuing acting. But as I had already decided that nothing else could make me more happy and content than this, they submitted to my will.
You used to wash dishes at restaurants and drive taxis when you were studying in Melbourne. Now that you’ve successfully fulfilled your dream of becoming an actor, do you look back at those days with a different set of emotions?
Earlier, I used to think that if I had not made so many attempts at different professions, I would’ve saved so much time and effort to establish myself as an actor. But now, in hindsight, I’ve realized that nothing that one does or experiences ever goes to waste. In fact, a person is nothing but an accumulation of all his/her experiences. And experiences are gold to an actor. More the merrier!
You’ve played characters with different backgrounds, whether it’s Devender Mishra from Inside Edge or IPS Maurya from Mirzapur. How do you manage to work on the diction (and accent) of the character so that it looks authentic and not forced?
I operate in a make-believe world. And my profession is all about lying and lying well. I cannot and should not break the illusion that is being created for the audiences by getting caught with my lies. So, a lot of meticulous preparation and honesty towards the act that is being put up is the only way to get to the character. All serious actors do the same. So do I.