Jaideep Ahlawat loves to speak the truth. The actor who became known with Gangs of Wasseypur shares that he was jobless for a year after his movie Khatta Meetha. Still, the hardcore actor says that he more than being a star, he still wants to be an actor. According to Jaideep Ahlawat, the film industry tests actors without a backing in Bollywood at every step.
Sharing his views on his struggling days as an actor, Jaideep Ahlawat said that after passing out from Film and Television Institute of India, (FTTI) in Pune, he literally went from door to door in various production houses looking for work. Eventually, Khatta Meetha came his way followed by Chittagong. Though his work was appreciated in both these movies, the real acclaim came after Gangs of Wasseypur only. He admits that the movie has been a confidence booster for him.
The actor was in Indore recently for a personal visit. Jaideep Ahlawat hails from Haryana and has dreams of making it big in the Bollywood one day owing to his acting skills. However, Bollywood has never been an easy sojourn, especially to those who come from Film and Television Institute of India (FTTI).
The story of Manoj Bajpayee, another Bollywood actor who has made it big is equally impressive. Manoj who was and remains much committed to the ethos of acting was not comfortable by cheap gimmicks that are sometimes used to gain popularity in Bollywood. The actor admitted that he had seen such hard times when he had no money for food also. He could heave a sign of relief only when the serial Swabhiman started giving him 2,000 per episode.
The star who was appreciated for his role in critically acclaimed movies as Zubeida is as good doing serious roles too that test the actors to their limits. Actors who come from theatre background are usually more comfortable doing challenging roles that our Bollywood stars sometimes find difficult to identify with.
Still, success eludes them for long and they are often at the receiving end when it comes to getting success in quick succession. Is it the lack of creativity in our script writers or do the hardcore actors find it a tough task to come up to the reality of masala movies that Bollywood makes bowing to the need of the hour?
Perhaps, the answer lies beneath the finer lines that are often ignored in the need of getting quick success and raking in more profits. Actors who come from Film and Television Institute of India are more grounded and are often seen looking for challenging roles that hardly come their way in Bollywood. This makes them look for roles that which do not fall in their preview. Thankfully, lately a lot of movies with creative topics have come up and hardcore actors as Manoj Bajpayee and Jaideep Ahlawat have a lot to offer.
The success of Gangs of Wasseypur is perhaps a welcome sign for these actors who otherwise find it hard to make their mark in Bollywood.