Acting Comes Easily To Me But I Don't Want To Make My Career In It, Says Anurag Kashyap



Anurag Kashyap’s latest stint as an actor in Akira is winning him praises. The 43-year-old filmmaker enjoyed playing the villainous cop in A R Murugadoss' film but if you were waiting for him to take it as a full-time option, well, he doesn’t want it that way. In his latest interview, he said,

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"I will act only if I get enough money, otherwise I don't have any intention to act. I will do acting only if the role is good or someone gives me obscene amount of money that solves my other problems.”
Recalling challenges that actors have to face, Anurag added,

"I can do something for 10 or 15 days in a row. To maintain that look like the haircut, moustache and etc, I can't do it. When I am working as a director, I eat at odd times, I drink, so, when I will get up my face will be tired and dull. As a director, I am involved round-the-clock in a film. As an actor, you get two hours of waiting time between two shots. I can't remove my make-up and costumes. I can't read or do anything between shots as my mind will get diverted from the scene I was doing. So it's difficult," he said.

Even though Anurag first wanted to make a career out of acting, he opted direction over acting. He added,

"Doing different role, like say in Akira, would have given me a kick if it happened in 1993 because I was trying to be an actor. I have acted in quite a few films as a lead and people don't know about it. In the beginning, I did three-four films as lead. Those films were of so high quality that when I saw it, I decided to call it quits as an actor!!" 

Kashyap, who has also acted in films like Black Friday, No Smoking, Dev.D, Gulaal and Shagird among others added,
"I don't want to make a career as an actor. I don't mind acting, but my focus is on my films. To take up more offers, I should have time and when I have time, the story and the role have to be good."

He has received all sorts of responses after Akira. He further added,
"I have never got so many calls and messages, that too non-stop. Trade (analysts/critics) people are saying stop him from making films, let him do acting only."

Since acting is more about longer commitments, he said,

“I don't get nervous, but it's a longer commitment. I am scared of making longer commitments. It is not that the work (acting) will get over in 15 days, but then there is dubbing and promotions that you have to do, so, you have to relive your character again.”
Source - India times

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