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THE WORDSMITH Shekhar Suman
THE WORDSMITH Shekhar Suman

Actor and television anchor Shekhar Suman on life and work

Love him or hate him but you can't ignore Shekhar Suman. Today he may be one of the highest paid television artistes in India, but just a decade ago, he was a struggling actor trying to make it big in Bollywood. His success sounds no less than a film script. Excerpts from an interview: How does it feel to be one of the most sought television star today? I am glad that the acceptance has come in a big way. The other day I met Jeetendra and he told me "I was the only actor he felt like watching, otherwise I feel television is boring." But who is your real inspiration? I guess Dilip Kumarji inspired me a lot. I want to call him "Abhinay Samrat". From him I have learnt most of the things about acting... how he plays with the words, dialogues left an impact on me. Next to him are Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri. And the most important thing is experience. What do you think about today's actors? In an industry ridden with all kinds of uncertainties and insecurities, I think Saif Ali Khan is the only person keeping his sanity intact. There is no time for emotions in a profession like ours. Whether he failed or succeeded, he kept himself grounded. We have heard you are planning to open a hospital in Patna? It's very personal. A few years ago my son died because of a very strange heart disease, which was incurable at that time. The tragedy made me decide to open a hospital. You started as an film actor and now you are again going back to Bollywood with your film Moonlight? Yes, I am working on this project Moonlight: Unfortunately a Love Story. It's spans just for a night and tells the story of an actress and I play the role of an advertising filmmaker. Actually, the film faced some legal troubles. Our director left and started another film on the same script. Now the case is in the court and about to finish. So very soon you will see it.SHIKHA SHARMA

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