When Sharat Saxena opened up about being typecast for 30 years; said, “Was not considered worthy of fine arts, finer feelings”
Veteran actor Sharat Saxena’s 2018 interview has been going viral all over social media. In said interview with CINTAA (Cine & TV Artists Association), Sharat spoke about how he was typecast in Bollywood for 30 long years only because he looked fit.
Speaking to Ajay Bhargav of the association, Sharat said, “Back in those days, in our whole country, whoever had muscles or someone who looked like a body builder, that person was put under ‘labour class’. He was not considered worthy of fine arts, finer feelings. He could not be an actor, a writer or anything. He could only be a fighter.”
He further added, “Unfortunately, when I came to Mumbai, I was quite fit. My father used to be an athlete in Allahabad University. We got inspired by him and worked out. When Bombay’s producers or directors used to look at me, they never saw an actor but only a fighter or a junior artist. So for 30 years, I only did action. When it came to acting, I was given dialogues such as ‘Yes Boss, no boss, very sorry boss, maaf kar dijiye boss (please forgive me boss)’.”
Sharat Saxena talking about being pigeonholed as an action sidekick for 30 years. 30 years.
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Further in the interview, Sharat opened up about finally getting the recognition, he said, “There is a director called Shaad Ali. He gave me the father or the heroine’s role in Saathiya. The film released and the role was very small but people really liked it. After that role, I was finally classified from fighter to actor. It took 30 years for that to happen.”
Sharat was seen in movies like ‘Gulam’, ‘Mr.India’, ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ and many more.
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