Udaan came to me at an opportune time: awesome interview!!
Ronit Roy: The favourite actor of soap opera producer Ekta Kapoor
My popularity in the film industry has increased after the success of my recent film Udaan, Ronit Roy tells Madhur Tankha
won a film award and being showered with accolades for his performance
in his last movie, television actor Ronit Roy is now seeking to straddle
the contrasting worlds of cinema and television with equal finesse.
is without doubt the favourite actor of soap opera producer Ekta Kapoor
and possibly the highest paid actor on the small screen. "My popularity
in the film industry has increased after the success of my recent film
Udaan. I never dreamt that my role would land me the Filmfare award. A
product like Udaan could not have been completed by a singular effort.
It needs combined team effort and that is what we did. All the actors
gave their best."
After acting in over a dozen Hindi films with
not much success, Ronit admits that Udaan has given him a second lease
of life in the film industry. "The film came to me at an opportune time.
While doing this film, I never allowed myself to get bogged down by the
pressure to succeed. I just went to the sets and gave my best. I left
it to the director to judge how well I had performed. If you take too
much of pressure then it affects your work."
Actors are supposed
to do multi-tasking but to perform each assignment with perfection is a
difficult task. Ronit makes it a point to do one project at a time.
"This enables me to give my 100 per cent."
On the second day of
shooting for Udaan, Ronit had a premonition that the film had all the
right ingredients to become a box-office hit.
"I even shared this
thought with director Vikram Motwane while shooting in Jamshedpur. But
never did I imagine that the film would go all the way to Cannes Film
Festival. The unique selling point of the film was that it was shot in
real locations. Jamshedpur is excruciatingly hot and shooting in an
actual steel factory made the heat simply unbearable. But all this got
the best out of us."
Among Ronit's upcoming projects includes a film by veteran film-maker Deepa Mehta.
He shot for a month for the film in Sri Lanka last December.
approached me for the role and I agreed. It was an interesting
experience shooting the film. Because of the confidentiality clause, I
cannot reveal anything. But I enjoyed my time during the month-long stay
in Sri Lanka. It is a picturesque island country; its small ports and
cities are great places to spend a vacation."
The actor is also
excited about hosting the fourth season of Kitchen Champions. The show
is different compared to other cookery shows as it is hosted in a
spontaneous manner. As everything is done extempore, it depends entirely
on how I want to take the show forward. Of course, there are some punch
lines and humour."
Describing himself as a creative person,
Ronit derives great satisfaction whenever his director is happy with his
efforts. "Whether it is a film or serial if my director is happy with
my performance then it gives me the ultimate satisfaction as an artiste.
While choosing a project, it is important to know who the director is.
An actor can play a part brilliantly but ultimately it is the director
who is the storyteller. If he or she fails to narrate the story in an
interesting and intelligent way, then all your hard work would go
On television, the actor is busy with Adaalat in which he
is essaying a known and sophisticated lawyer K. D. Pathak who gets his
clients out of tight situations.
"K. D. Pathak is in quest for
truth. He is not a librarian who spends hours reading law books.
Instead, he is modern day lawyer who browses the Internet to source his
information. He relies on his common sense and knowledge."
that more shades of Pathak's personality will be revealed in the future
episodes, Ronit says the character will become more interesting.
my character is tongue-in-cheek; does not live in a one room tenement
but drives a swanky Audi. Audience will get to see his girlfriend. The
show is right now at an infant stage and there is world of possibility."
Instead of courtroom drama, the serial has other elements.
unbridled entertainment to viewers is our ultimate goal. Of course, the
basis is law. We introduce lot of lateral thinking as we want viewers
to understand law.
Shedding light on his equation with Ekta
Kapoor, the actor says the latter reposes so much faith in him that when
he expressed his desire to play Bhishma in her serial Kahaani Hamaaray
Mahaabhaarat Ki she immediately gave the nod. "In fact on the last day
of her serial Bandini, I was quite emotional because at the back of my
mind I knew that our ten-year long association was coming to an end. It
is not that I would not be working with Ekta anymore."
Strangely, Ronit also gets time to manage his security agency.
this day and age of technology it is not difficult to run a security
agency. I derive inspiration from industrialists who are doing such
commendable work in the country. When an industrialist like Ratan Tata
can run aviation, produce tea and manage his other businesses then why
can't I handle only a fraction of that!"