I know I’m not saleable: Sushant Singh

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NEW DELHI - He may not have bagged meaty roles in multi-starrers and blockbusters, but actor Sushant Singh is quite satisfied with his bouquet of work in Bollywood and says he is well aware that he isn’t “a very saleable” actor after all!

“People don’t give me big roles in big budget films…they don’t take me as a lead because I am not too ‘bikau’ (saleable). I know it, and I am okay with it. In fact, I am happy doing sensible cinema where directors need actors, not stars,” Sushant told IANS.

The actor, who made it big with Ram Gopal Varma’s “Jungle”, is known for intense roles in “The Legend of Bhagat Singh” and “Sehar”, but believes there’s no measure to fame - and is proud that he never runs after such things.

“People keep asking me if I have got the fame I deserve to get in the industry. But I often wonder how I should quantify the fame that I must get. I do have some amount of fame, but if you make me stand next to Ajay Devgn, it is obvious that the crowd will run to him. I accept it,” he said.

The 38-year-old admits he does not work on publicity and other gimmicks to be in the spotlight all the time.

“I have no business acumen, I don’t try and arrange any publicity for myself and neither have I ever gone to a director to ask him to cast me. Despite that, people know I exist and a few crazy people still give me work. What more can I ask for,” he said.

Last seen in recently released “Yeh Saali Zindagi”, Sushant is now geared up for his second tryst with the small screen. Having featured in fictional shows like “Virrudh” and “Gulaal”, he is now returning to the tube as an anchor.

He is set to host Colors’ upcoming reality series “Wanted: High Alert”, aimed at curbing crime in the country by reporting cases and showing photographs of wanted criminals, and inviting viewers in helping to capture them.

The show is not just a chance for Sushant to fulfill his wish of anchoring a TV show, but is also an opportunity for to him to work on his social sensibilities. No wonder, he is quite excited.

“I always like doing image-breaking stuff - be it acting or anchoring. So I am happy I have got a different show to host on TV. It takes a lot of self-analysis, correction and perfection to build a good image as an anchor, so I have been nervous about the show. But I am sure it will be a fulfilling experience,” he said.

“Wanted: High Alert”, a weekly show, will air from Saturday.

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