Mumbai: Anurag Kashyap, for a change, is in front of the camera and critics have given his negative role in Sonakshi Sinha-starrer “Akira” a thumbs-up, but the director says he is not keen to act on a regular basis.
The 43-year-old filmmaker, who has acted in the past as well, enjoyed playing the villainous cop in A R Murugadoss’ film. He, however, does not see himself as an actor.
“I will act only if I get enough money, otherwise I don’t have any intention to act. I will do acting only if the role is good or someone gives me obscene amount of money that solves my other problems,” Anurag said.
“I don’t want to make a career as an actor. I don’t mind acting, but my focus is on my films. To take up more offers, I should have time and when I have time, the story and the role have to be good,” he expressed.
The “Bombay Velvet” helmer previously acted in films like “Black Friday”, “No Smoking”, “Dev.D”, “Gulaal” and “Shagird” among others. On the response to this role, Anurag said, “I have never got so many calls and messages, that too non-stop. Trade (analysts/critics) people are saying stop him from making films, let him do acting only.” The “Gangs of Wasseypur” director has done a lot of theatre, but he thinks acting in films is completely different as it requires longer commitment.
“I don’t get nervous, but it’s a longer commitment. I am scared of making longer commitments. It is not that the work (acting) will get over in 15 days, but then there is dubbing and promotions that you have to do, so, you have to relive your character again,” he said. After acting, Anurag realised actors are disciplined in terms of working hard for the look and maintaining it throughout the film. He feels he doesn’t have that discipline.
“Theatre is an actor’s medium. You just go on stage and it’s done in one take, while for films you work for days or months. Who will maintain continuity for four months? I don’t think I have the discipline of an actor,” he said.
“I can do something for 10 or 15 days in a row. To maintain that look like the haircut, moustache and etc, I can’t do it. When I am working as a director, I eat at odd times, I drink, so, when I will get up my face will be tired and dull,” he said.