Amit Sadh swooned over girls playing a chocolate boy with his debut tv show ‘Kyon Hota Hai Pyarrr’. He went onto to do various tv shows and was even a part of reality show like Bigg Boss and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi. His film journey truly started with ‘Kai Po Che’, after which he essayed a pivotal role in Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer ‘Sultan’. He then played a lead role in ‘Running Shaadi’. Has also been a part of films like ‘Akira’ and ‘Sarkar 3’. Now, this versatile actor has set his foot on the digital platform playing his most difficult role with Amazon Prime’s ‘Breathe’ alongside R. Madhavan and Sapna Pabbi.
We chatted with him on the web series, life and his passion for sports. Let’s take a look at what he revealed:
Amit Sadh on shooting with R. Madhavan, “Madhavan had already started shooting when I joined the shoot of ‘Breathe’. When I first went to give my shot on the set, he (Madhavan) was already giving his shot”.
“I play the character of Kabir Sawant who is a special branch cop. He’s good at what he does. He has the ability to solve cases which the bureau cannot. However, the character has a certain past. He is temperamental and messed up. He’s disturbed and an alcoholic too. Watching the series shall give the viewers an insight on even the physical attributes one gets to see in the trailer. I have a lot of compassion, empathy and understanding for messed up people because I have been one and that’s why I chose to do this part. I believe such people struggle with a guilt of their own and they may trouble the world for that. My character Kabir has all of these issues and bringing my past experience into my character felt like a fun ride to hop on. People who cannot mend peace with themselves don’t usually find empathy and compassion from their surroundings, once you start understanding them you realize they aren’t bad but suffering and finding it difficult to survive”, revealed Amit about his character.
Amit on his life journey, “When I was 10 I was something, at 20 I was different and one fine day I realized this is who I am and this is the life that has been given to me. But I wanted to choose my life, I wanted peace. This thought changed my life and I started working towards it. I would like to attribute my personality to books, psychiatrists, two of my ex-girlfriends, teachers, friends, films, characters and life itself because of which the healing has happened. I had a re-lapse while playing this character once. I have been clean for 10 years but if I’m on a date and if my girlfriend accuses me of not sipping wine, I would go ahead and have a glass. I had a re-lapse of drugs, alcohol and violence about 10 years ago but the place where I am at now, there’s no going back.”
On working on the mediums like films & web series, he said, “Process of working (in both film and web series) for me is same. How the product is taken to whom, how you relay it, how long is the close up, etc are the questions that arise after the shoot is done. If I’m playing a drunk, I have to go through the same catharsis regardless of the platform”.
“Salman (Khan) Sir thought me one thing, that a film never flops. I realized it when after the television premiere of ‘Sarkar’ while I was shooting for ‘Gold’ in UK, I was mobbed by fans, which was a new feeling. People called me by my character’s name. I’m a sensitive person so I wouldn’t hesitate to say that failure of a film does effect me. But I also rise with positivity the next morning. Amitabh (Bachchan) Sir uses this father’s one line, ‘Mann Ka Ho Toh Acha, Mann Ka Na Ho Toh Aur Abhi Acha’, which I go by”, Amit on maintaining positivity in life.
On preparing for his character, Amit said, “Contrary to what people think, for me, I’ve worked longer on films than web series. ‘Gold’ took one year to complete inclusive of the training period. Here, we had decided on 40 days but it went to 90 days of shoot. For this character, I had to be in the method. I had to look like an alcoholic rather than just act like one. I credit the patience of playing this character to my director Mayank (Sharma) who is very sensitive to his actors and a dotting husband and father”.
“The Indian audience tends to not take films seriously. We take everything humourously. But as an actor we put in lot of effort. I had to be off people to be in my character. There were nights when I wouldn’t sleep to look drunk. I also started recollecting my past and dig in those memories to bring it to my role. The cleansing happens when you act it out in front of the camera”, he added.
Amit Sadh on his breathing technique, “I do yoga for a good breathing pattern with my guru Girish Sir”.
“Rajkummar Rao and I are a part of each other’s journey. I compliment him whenever he receives an awards and are in touch often. I am happy for Sushant (Singh Rajput) as well. And for myself. Everyone is on their own journey. We need to learn to clap for people to expect them to clap back for you”, he said talking about his ‘Kai Po Che’ co-stars.
On working with Akshay Kumar for his next and playing hockey for the same, he said, “I want to have Akshay Kumar’s diet. He’s extremely fit. He’s very cool and I like the ease he brings on set. It’s disciplined and working on ‘Gold’ has been a great experience. I had to train for playing hockey for the film. I was good at football and even played cricket. I even played 2-3 hockey matches during my school days where however I broke open two players’ heads and intact I was banned from playing hockey”.
“I’m training for motor GP. Since I was 15, I wanted to be a racer. I’m glad I’m getting to live it now. I have great trainers. I rode almost everywhere in the world on a bike but taking things professional is a different ball game altogether. I will have my first race in 11 months. I was 14 when I first rode a bullet which I had stolen from the military police and got caught at the Nepal border. I now own a RS”, he unveiled talking about his passion for bikes.