Quality work is the only survival trick in Bollywood for outsiders: Vidyut Jammwal
The “Commando 2” actor Vidyut Jammwal who gained a lot of popularity with his first Hindi film itself said that it is important for outsiders to make the most of the opportunities that come their way.
Though he first appeared in the Telugu film "Shakti" in 2011, it was the John Abraham starrer "Force" that brought Vidyut to limelight in the role of an antagonist.
He followed it up with a lead role in "Commando" in 2013 and says it's the love of the audience that keeps him going.
"I love the adrenaline high that I get. I love the fact that people appreciate somebody like me who is not from the industry. So, the moment the focus is on us, who are not from the industry, we need to do something that leaves a mark," Vidyut told PTI in an interview.
The 36-year-old actor says there no "pressure" with regards to film choices but is aware that for people who don't have a godfather in Bollywood, quality work is the only survival trick.
"Everytime we come, we need to come with a big bang. We can't just do ordinary stuff. I don't have a father who is a director, producer or actor. Everytime I need to do something which will scream out and say 'Oh My God, that's the
thing to do.'"
In between "Force" and "Commando", Vidyut featured in South Indian films like "Oosaravelli", "Billa 2", "Thuppakki" and appeared in a cameo in "Stanley Ka Dabba".
Vidyut sees these films as an opportunity to "shine" sans any ego owing to the length of his role or budget of the film.
"For non-filmy people like me, we need to shine. We just get one opportunity, whenever we do get it, we need to shine...
"You get a two minute role, you have to be so good that people notice you. In a full fledged movie, you have to risk everything. If there is a window open, I'll squeeze in
and do it, I don't have any ego as an actor."
Vidyut is now ready with his latest, "Commando 2". Directed by Deven Bhojani and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the film is a sequel to the 2013 film "Commando".
The action-drama will bring back Vidyut on the big screen after nearly three years but he was not bogged down by the long gap between his film though he had his moments of doubt.
"It's human to be going through the moments. There are moments when I think, 'what am I doing here, I am risking everything'. Then I stop myself and think, 'it's worth it.'
"Like, while working for Commando 2, every morning when we went on the sets, we used to take the DVD and watch everything we have done in the first part. Then we used to think of ways to better that. That was the inspiration."
The film is scheduled to release on March 3.
(With PTI Inputs)