From being a funny man on TV to playing dark characters on the silver screen, Ranvir Shorey has done it all! To know more about him, go to www.follo.in/RanvirShorey
You are often referred to as a comic actor despite having done very dark roles in films such as Mithya and Titli.
Films in which I had comic parts have done well than the ones in which I had dramatic roles. I suppose it is more of a media tag than what people see. But you know, success is all that matters!
Have you changed since becoming a father?
I don't think I changed as much in the past 35 years of my life as much as fatherhood changed me in a year! My perspective on my past has changed a lot. I've let go of anger and resentment. I now understand reasons why a parent can feel frustrated.
Tell us something about your son...
He eats fruits with me, that's something we bonded over. One day, he came by and I fed him a pear. We are like papa monkey and baby monkey, eating fruits together.
As an actor, do you have a 'comfortable space'?
I feel comfortable doing parts that I feel are great and that I can pull off. For me, it is a very simple process. I start reading a script like a story book. If it grabs my attention, then I look at the part that is offered to me. Once I'm convinced I add anything new to that, I see who's directing it.
The number of films you do now have gone down drastically since the last few years.
I have had at least one or two films a year since Khosla Ka Ghosla. I have not made any efforts to stay away from commercial films. Recently, someone reported that I'd said I was uncomfortable doing commercial films. I did not say that. I said I am uncomfortable doing 'masala' films. If you feel that the story is not going anywhere and so, you throw in an item song, then you have moved on from being honest about the film.
You were a part of India's first stand-up comedy TV show. What do you think about the present scene?
I think it is doing better than ever in India and I think The Great India Comedy Show played a key part in it because it helped making comedy mainstream. After that, we have seen an explosion — live, online and on TV.
You wanted to be a director...
I still want to. My diploma was in film and videography and I then went to a film academy in New York, where I trained in acting as well.
One aspect of commercial films that you wish was a part of indie films as well?
Budget! There is such wastage of money in masala films! Even if half of the money was given to a more honest team with little more integrity, it would be great.
How do you react to news items written about yours and Konkona's marriage?
I don't react negatively. Now, I just feel bad and wonder why they are still trying! I know for a fact that people do not want to know about it. I go out and meet people every day and no one wants to know!