Nukkad actor Sameer Khakhar seeks work, says ‘can’t sell myself’

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Veteran actor Sameer Khakhar is eagerly ready for the Hindi movie business to get again on its toes. Best recognized for enjoying Khopdi in Nukkad, Khakhar is looking out for good roles, which he shares have stopped coming.

In an unique chat with indianexpress.com, Khakhar stated, “I don’t want to sound sad and say I am not satisfied with how things are at the moment. However, I am really hoping that the quantum of work I am looking for, comes my way. I am eager to get in front of the camera, and can only wish to get some good offers this year.”

Sameer Khakhar, who was a sought-after actor within the 90s, revealed that in 1996, he moved to the US and began working as a Java coder. In 2008, when the recession hit, he moved again to India and took up his past love – performing.

“I was quite happy living a new life in US. I also knew that no one will recognise me as an actor there, and so I adapted well to the new field. I think very few, and only the lucky ones get to live different phases like this. I returned to India in 2008, and barring a few projects, I never got offered many good roles. I hope things change now,” Sameer Khakhar added with a smile.

The actor shared that even when he was in India, there was an absence of gives, and the roles that got here his method have been just like “Khopdi”.

Sameer Khakhar in Nukkad. (Photo: Express archive)

He remarked, “After Nukkad, most people gave me similar roles. Having started my character on stage, and then doing some wonderful parts, I understand acting. And no artiste with a rational mind would accept doing the same thing again and again. Also, Khopdi was a character that was created with a lot of care by Saeed Mirza. It was very different and humane, and the team had nurtured it with so much love. While everyone wanted to use me as Khopdi, I had decided to not destroy the character.”

Sameer Khakhar confessed that whereas he did attain out to associates, no matter work he bought put up his return to India was all primarily based on his earlier work. In the previous few years, the actor has been seen in Hasee Toh Phasee, Jai Ho, Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi and TV reveals Adaalat, Sanjeevani amongst others. “One cannot become a good actor by running around asking for work. I am also a little old school, and cannot self sell myself. I don’t understand how to market. I am sure people who know me and my work will reach out when they have something for me,” he acknowledged.

And a type of folks was filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, who gave him a small, but performance-oriented half in Netflix movie Serious Men. Khakhar shared that Mishra knew about his work, as he had directed the second a part of Nukkad. The actor added that Mishra referred to as him and provided the function of the minister, which he completely loved enjoying.

The thespian additional shared that he has no regrets as he feels that might imply he has accepted defeat. As for the form of roles he needs to do subsequent, Khakhar stated, “Any kind. I have done all types of roles. I have even been asked if I want to take up other aspects of filmmaking. But I have been an actor, and that’s what I want to keep doing forever.”

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