Shreyas Talpade recalls Johnny Lever’s advice that changed his outlook towards his craft
When I entered the industry, challenges were different… the entry was a challenge, staying there, surviving, making it big, maintaining that stature — all was a challenge.
He has dabbled with all mediums including films, television and web, but actor Shreyas Talpade says projects on the big screen will remain utmost important to him.
“They (films) will always be my number one priority. There’s no beating a film. Each medium has its pros and cons, but when you shoot a film, the feel is completely different. There’s a definite beginning, middle and end. TV has it’s own advantage but at the same time, it sometimes tends to move away from the story and is TRP-driven. I did a finite, 26-episode series My Name Ijj Lakhan, and got a decent response. And I keep bumping into people who call me by that character’s name,” says Shreyas.
His web debut was the series Baby Come Naa, and he says that its response was “okay”.
To analyse Shreyas’ career, it has had its share of ups and downs. So, how did the actor adjust to it? “The challenges will always remain. When I entered the industry, the challenges were different… the entry was a challenge, staying there, surviving, making it big, maintaining that stature — all was a challenge. As long as you remain focused on your craft, there should not be any problem,” he adds.
Besides this, one advice that changed his outlook towards his craft came from popular comedian Johnny Lever.
“He told me a beautiful thing that the HMI light we use for our films keeps shifting. And you need to accept that it doesn’t stay on you always. If it’s now on someone else, it will come back on you. What you do when it’s on you will help you survive when the light isn’t on you,” recollects Shreyas, and adds, “These ups and downs will keep happening. These challenges are there for everyone. It has happened to the best of the best in the industry. Even Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan wasn’t spared. But he bounced back, and how!”