Actor Anshuman Jha is excited and confident about his upcoming movie No Fathers in Kashmir. His confidence comes from the "powerful script and Oscar-nominated director", Ashvin Kumar, who makes his feature film debut with this movie, which deals with insurgency in Kashmir. When you sit down to have a conversation with the actor, who is 33-year-old, you will surely admire the passion that he has for his art. In a recent conversation, with BollywoodLife, Anshuman reveals how he was taken aback when Kumar, offered him the role of an Army man. "I've never been offered an Army man's character. So when he offered me (the part), I asked him twice 'Are you sure?'," the actor reminisces, adding that his scepticism came from the thought that he didn't look like a quintessential Bollywood's Army man.
"It's not the typical Army man's role from Bollywood. It is not a role that shouts, 'How's The Josh High Sir' (a popular dialogue from Vicky Kaushal's Uri: The Surgical Strike). Instead, it depicts the human side of an army man," said Jha. Further speaking about his character the actor added, "In the movie you see an Army man dealing with mental issues that are plaguing him from within. And that is something we have never seen before. He isn't about heroism."
Taking us to his shooting days, Jha narrates an episode when he walked out of his location in the local area, wearing Indian Army's uniform. "People were staring me with anger and I couldn't understand why there is the hatred for the uniform." He understood the reason only after he completed the shooting for the movie. Sharing another incident, Anshuman, who is a teetotaller, reveals that he had to drink during the shoot, to get heaviness on his face for a character that is rugged.
Talking about his co-star Soni Razdan, Anshuman tells us the story when Mahesh Bhatt called him in his office, since Razdan was in awe with Jha's work in Love, Sex Aur Dhokha. "There is a dearth of her kind," the actor said, adding, "She is very poised and graceful. All daughters are a shadow of their mother. And I think the grace that is here (points out at Alia Bhatt's picture from a magazine lying in front of the table), comes from her (Soni Razdan)."
Interestingly, Anshuman shared a trivia that Alia and he shared their birthdays and he is hopeful, that they will work together soon. "She is the best actor in the country! She is insanely gifted and talented. So, I know it will happen sometime in life. It is an instinct. Even though she is a huge star, I feel we speak the same language."
In his nine year long journey, Anshuman has given several applause-worthy performances, most of them being critics' favorite as well. However, the actor is yet to witness a breakthrough in terms of commercial cinema. He shares his point of view of keeping his principles intact, "I do want commercial success. But I don't want to do bullshit films. Of course, I want to do films that do numbers so that my work is visible. And it will happen. I'm very sincere about my work. However, I cannot socialise. And it affects big time. But its conditioning. I know if I keep giving solid performances apna time aayega." The actor, however, doesn't get disheartened by all of this. "I don't get bothered by this because I'm very content. I can say this that the way I do roles, or the characters I do, nobody can match it. I believe the sooner you come higher the chances of you getting diminished as well," he concludes.
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