The actor Shreyas Talpade, known for his appearances in films such as Iqbal, Dor, Om Shanti Om, Golmaal Returns, Housefull 2 and others, has developed an OTT platform called Nine Rasa which, in his words, is “technically the first ever” is OTT is dedicated to the performing arts. “The actor said the platform will” do anything that is performed on the stage – plays, dance, singing, stand-up and so on. ” Plays from all over the country will be shown and the actor plans to expand it to the international level through collaborations. In an interview with socialmediagossips.com, Shreyas discussed the idea behind the OTT platform. The actor walked down the memory lane, revisiting his school and college days to tell us about his first experiences of seeing a play and being a part of it.
The 45-year-old spoke about his Bollywood innings, the difficulty of breaking stereotypes as an actor, and his dreams as an actor and filmmaker.
Are you telling us about Nine Rasa?
The idea came during the pandemic when the lockdown was imposed. Then everything went online. During this time, many of my friends were concerned about how the theater would survive. At this point, we were considering creating the OTT platform for the performing arts only. The original plan was to shoot a play and put it on a different platform, but we realized that there was a greater need for theater to reach more socialmediagossips.
Do you remember the first play you saw in a theater?
The first piece I saw was a Marathi piece called Karaar (The Contract in English). Like many, I thought it was going to be boring, but my mother forced me. I wanted to play cricket. Of course I wasn’t in a happy room, but when they started performing I was in a different world. In the end I was amazed. So I started watching plays on a regular basis. I joined the school’s theater company not because I wanted to act but because I wanted to be part of the magic.
What was your first play as an actor?
Every class should perform once on Teacher’s Day. We decided to play a piece about Modern Ramayan. But days before that, the girl who was supposed to play Sita went out. One of my friends suggested my name (the teacher) for the role of Sita. When I found out about this, I said, “How can I? That’s a role for a girl. “I had a habit of raiding the script. So my friends were acting like they already knew the dialogues so that they fit best. And finally it became class ki izzat ka sawaal. So, just andar ke mard ko jaga kar aurat banana pada. That’s how I became Sita. My school loved my performance, I became popular, but being on that stage gave me a lot of confidence. Similarly, next year I played Draupadi in Modern Mahabharat.
Was that your realization that action is your calling?
In college, after my first lecture, I went into the theater room around a quarter to eight, swept the entire floor, and then started my rehearsal. I remember when I was alone and sat there realizing that this is all and there is nothing else I can do.
Did a theater background in Bollywood help you?
The theater gave me the confidence to take on the challenges my director poses to me. As an actor, I’ll never say that I can’t do this part. If you value someone for their versatility, it’s because the theater gave them the confidence never to say no, to try. These actors don’t give up. In my experience, most actors (with a theater background) are adored. We have respect and are looked up. Maybe we’re not good at marketing, but when it comes to performance, we know our S *** very well.
But if we look at your trip, even after complimenting Dor and Iqbal, you have been typed as a comic book actor. Was that disappointing?
After doing Dor and Iqbal, I met a director who was making a comedy film that is now a big franchise. I auditioned for him but he said my picture was of a very serious actor. He wasn’t sure the audience would accept me. I felt very depressed. The tables soon turned when Golmaal approached me. After it was released, the same director walked up to me to appreciate it. However, this was the time when multi-star comedies were a thing. I didn’t even realize I was doing comedies in a row. In the end, I was typed. I realized it was my job to break out of this picture. Now I want to remind socialmediagossips that I can do something like Iqbal. Let’s see when that happens. But to be honest, it’s important, yet difficult, to make socialmediagossips laugh. I’m looking for scripts that challenge me as an actor.
I don’t regret it, but yes, my potential as an actor is unexplored. There is a lot more. But I enjoy my job. I like comedy. They ( socialmediagossips) enjoy my work. People still come up to me and are happy to see me. I’ve seen quite a few falls (in my career) but life hasn’t stopped.
You became a filmmaker with Poshter Boyz in 2017. Can we expect something to show up on this front anytime soon?
There is a film in which I also act and direct. It’s called Sarkar Ki Seva Mein, a piece of life film. While there is humor, you will see the serious side of me in the film. We finished 50% of the movie, but then this whole coronavirus pandemic happened. We hope to resume filming by the end of May.
What changes would you like to see in the film industry in the future?
I think it changes a lot with the entry of OTT. There is so much new talent out there and their performance is phenomenal. They are amazing. The way the script is written has also changed a lot. The audience tasted good content with OTT. Audience expectations have increased, which means we have to pull our socks up.
How are you going to sum up your Bollywood trip?
Interesting for a boy who had no contacts. I believed in my work and the fact that only your work can bring you more work. My faith has brought me to where I am now. But I think the journey is still at the beginning (phase), because if we look at Amitabh Bachchan Sir’s journey, he took a break, came back with Kaun Banega Crorepati and since then he has been unstoppable, which is also because of that that he has this hunger carry in his stomach. When you have that in you, despite periods when you feel finished, there is no stopping. But the end happens when you die. Until then, you don’t know what the journey of life has in store for you.