Chandan Roy Sanyal: I buy tickets and watch my movies

That’s why the F.A.L.T.U. actor is yet to watch his upcoming flick Tell Me O Kkhuda. Here he talks about the unique factor in TMOK, playing the lead role in two films and why he’s doing new age cinema

Chandan Roy Sanyal can’t stop smiling these days. Even at the rains in Mumbai and Delhi, where he’s gone to shoot for his next film, Prague. “I like rains,” he says. And why not? Not only did his last release F.A.L.T.U. turn out to be a sleeper hit, but he’s got another one coming up later this month – the Hema Malini production Tell Me O Kkhuda. Ask him if he’s happy with the way the film’s been made and he surprises you with his reply, “I haven’t watched it in its entirety yet. I don’t feel comfortable watching myself on screen. I like to watch a film properly and form an opinion instead of seeing it in parts. I’ve bought tickets for all my films and watched them in the theatre. TMOK will be a treat to watch, especially for our parents, as we have Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna and Dharmendra in it. They are great performers. Nowadays, we lack the concept of performance.”

And that’s what Chandan is trying to develop now, with his choice of offbeat films. After playing supporting characters in Kaminey and F.A.L.T.U., he’s playing the lead roles in two films – Love You to Death and Prague. “Love You to Death is a black comedy,” he says. “It will release in a month or two.” He has just begun shooting for Prague. “It’s the story of an architect in Prague who falls in love with a German girl. But things get complicated because he is a schizophrenic.” He has already shot in Delhi and will soon fly to Prague. It’s a young crew, led by director Ashish Shukla. He too is a debutant, having worked earlier as the creative head for Dev.D. But isn’t it a risk to work with newbies instead of with established directors whose films will at least get an opening? Chandan doesn’t think so. “I want to grow as an actor,” he says. “New age cinema has new stories to tell. Cinema has a long shelf life. Three years down the line, these films will have a cult following. And the team gives you a lot of space to do your thing. I am trying to do these kind of films so I can create my own space. I am still gaining the knowledge for that. And life is a gamble, after all.” Well said.

Chandan Roy Sanyal’s filmy ambitions have not taken him away from his first love – theatre. Two Blind Mice, a play he directed, will be staged at Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai on September 1 and 2, 2011.