'live in the role' is an absolute myth"
Sachin Khedekar has been around in television for more than
15 years, in terms of visibility he is just five years old.
Imtihaan was his first television serial. And his
latest project is the big screen film Astitva by
Mahesh Manjerekar in which he plays a negative character.
He chose it because the story was meaty and Mahesh is a
fabulous director. According to him, he 'arrived' with the
teleserial Sailaab. His ultimate ambition is to do
a Broadway musical. Because as a theatre man it is the only
medium that truly excites him.
loves acting. So much so that even in school his only hobby
was acting. And Marathi plays were the passion. In fact
in school they had their own group which organized cultural
programmes. He began his stint in theatre with well known
actor-director Vinay Apte and then moved on to television
so he could expand his horizons.
Mumbai's Vile Parle, he comes from an orthodox middle class
family. He is an environment engineer and has two years
of consultancy behind him. Very much the family man, he
has been married six years and has a three-year-old son
whom he loves to drop to school. Khedekar's trademark moustache
marks him out. He also happens to be a self-confessed misfit
among the 'in' crowd.
Sachin Khedekar gets into talk mode with Nupur Rekhy.
known for your sensitive portrayal of roles. Is there a
special method behind it?
I was never
professionally trained. I have learnt with practice. Whenever
I have to act in a scene I remember how I used to approach
that particular emotion in real life. The attitude of the
character just flows in me. I just react to space and actors
around me. Let's just say there is no special method behind
it. I have just improved with time. I do not believe in
the myth of living in a role and in people who claim they
are born or instinctive actors. I believe acting is an art
form and it evolves.
some special effort that you have put in to improve your
Yes I have
worked hard on my Hindi. I used to read newspapers loudly.
an actor by choice?
I have no
moral obligations to anyone or anything so I am very selfish
and I act just for myself.
One gets the feeling that you think that television
has an upper hand over films as a medium. Is that
is a known fact that television has better actors,
directors, and writers in number. And television is
bigger in terms of reach. The story structure is bigger
and there is huge variety. All these are lacking in
you get over the monotony of acting?
I do get
bored at times when there is a lack of variety in roles
so I always seek variety. To get inspiration I go back to
theatre and do a rigorous 30 days of practice. But I don't
have the problem of living the character. I just switch
on and off when I want. It has never happened that the borrowed
character has personally effected me. Nerves do tighten
at the end of the day when I have played some very emotional
roles. Sometimes it also drains me emotionally but I just
meet friends, producers, talk about films, deviate the topic
towards food and always try to meet successful people.
I always have the inspiration to work harder and strive
you prepare yourself before a shoot?
I try and 'cook' out the traits of the character and I do
wish that I could get the script before hand but it never
happens so I just ask assistants to give me an idea about
the characters. When I have to act out very emotional scenes,
it depends on my emotional memory, which triggers and influences
that scene. Basically my preparation is always my personal
experience. Plus the impression of the people around me
and the director's guidance. And I have a lot of sensitivity
to my co-actors and that helps me a lot.
your favourite actors and directors?
I like Dr (Shreeram) Lagoo, Satish Shah and Pankaj Kapur
as actors and I admire Amitabh Bachchan and Naseeruddin
is your emotional state on a set. Are you nervous?
I am not
nervous but I am restless (I shake a leg all the time till
the director says action,) and yes there is high anxiety
and nerves are tightened before a shot. And I always feel
that since there are such a number of ways to say my lines
so I just wonder how should I say it.
Given a choice between theatre, television and
films, which is your favorite medium?
like all of the three but theatre is the one that
truly excites me. Theatre is the only ground for an
actor to prepare. The process of rehearsal is the
most important for theatre. It goes on for 30 days.
And after that hard work the audience response plays
on the character.
you choose the silver screen finally?
to a different medium and to a different audience. Every
actor wishes for more and more people to watch him and I
am no exception. Every activity has a different type of
audience and you want to relate to all kinds of audience.
It's a thirst to see different audiences watching you. And
naturally money is important.
you react to criticism?
me and it makes me feel I am not up to the mark and that
makes me work harder.
anything in your life that you really want to do but have
not been able to yet?
I want to
do a Broadway musical. In fact I would love doing anything
that would allow me to travel around the world. I would
love to play the character of Hamlet but there would be
so much rehearsals involved that I am sure I would not be
able to manage it.
for aspiring actors?
more difficult for new actors nowadays because if you are
not good no one will watch you. The competition is huge.
The approach should be bookish and without knowledge you
should not even enter.
be more acting schools. Because satellite television is
growing so fast that there is no time for trial and error.
I had a lot of time - some 10 to 15 years - to reach where
I am but for newcomers time is the most important factor.
who is the real Sachin Khedekar?
He is a
35-year-old Taurean. He constantly works on himself to have
more magnetism. He lacks ambition but is extremely positive
and optimistic so the whole thing around him works. And
he tries to induce all kinds of positivity in his life.
Except ambition he does not lack anything. He likes a lot
of space around him. Is religious and that is his great
strength. And has no clue as to what is 'in' and what 'out'
and confesses that till date he has never seen a fashion