Jim Sarbh has been in the limelight post his outstanding performance in ‘Neerja”. Find out theatre actor/director and film actor Jim Sarbh’s views on films and journey as an actor.
#1: You have done feature films and theatre. What difference do you find in these as an actor? Does time span affect the creativity of the character?
Stage: Forgiving yourself if you fumble or forget a line, catching the light, riding the beats not forcing the beats, keeping the pace up, knowing what the scene requires as well as how your character behaves (in case you need to pump it up or slow it down or cover for another actor or find the joke even if the other person has missed the timing) not falling off the stage, not bumping into things while exiting in a blackout, projection, projection, prolapsed rectum, based on the production exaggerated reality.
Film: eyeline, people fussing with your clothes with your hair with your face with your soul, catching the light, keeping it real, knowing what’s too much/little based on the magnification, the look where’s the look?, hierarchy, cueing, waiting, waiting, watching your life slip slowly through your fingers, whisper actors, framing is everything.
Apart from that you know: you gotta know the lines and you should probably inhabit some version of a character.
What is time span?
#2: What is more important to you getting fame in the audience or getting the faith of the director? Which one of the two according to you is harder to achieve?
Both hard. Depends on your skill set.
#3: Is there any kind of cinema that you would never like to do or what do you think your dream role would be like?
I’m pretty open to trying just about anything role wise: of course I prefer parts that are crucial to furthering the plot.
Dream role: you know that’s currently in a bit of a flux so can’t say. I think my knee-jerk answer is changing. Anyway, I’d keep it a secret: don’t throw your pearls to swine. (Not you journalist, just any large group of people. Wink.)
#4: Tell us something about your background. When did you decide to get into this industry?
You might find these answers floating around the internet already. Happy hunting.
#5: You have worked with Sonam, Kalki and also Rajat Kapoor (in your plays). How has been the experience?
Wow just oh my god like oh jeez like oh my god I think oh yes here she comes like omg how will I remember any of my oh like woah wow I think I pissed my pants.
#6: Which one is your favourite work you have done till now and also your favourite co-star?
I love all plays and films and co-stars at times. I hate all plays and films and co-stars at times.
Lately, I’ve loved What’s Done is Done directed by Rajat Kapoor.
Recently I acted in a movie with an Alsatian. He’s been my favourite co-star of all time.
#7: What are the next projects you are working on?
Raabta by Dinesh Vijan
Padmavati by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Untitled Sanjay Dutt Biopic by Rajkumar Hirani
Smoke (web series) by Ayush Raina
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