Suniel Shetty tells Madhur Tankha about his return to action films after a break of two years.
It was action that gave him recognition in the film industry. Considered an actor with a wooden face, Suniel Shetty has come a long way but not forgotten that his forte is performing action sequences with conviction.
This is why the actor, who had taken a two-year sabbatical from his film career, is again appearing as an action hero in multi-starrer Enemmy .
“One cannot be an actor without an image. It was action which gave me an identity. Today I am ready for good work. I prefer comedy over action because after a certain age it becomes difficult to perform heavy-duty action scenes. Even though I remain fit and do heavy workouts throughout the shooting schedule, performing demanding action scenes becomes a bit tiring. I can’t perform the same stunts which I did 25 years ago,” says the 51-year-old actor, who started his innings in Bollywood in 1992.
Suniel says: “I have been given a role of a police officer who comes with a lot of baggage. He is mentally disturbed. The film’s unique selling point is that it shows turmoil as well as emotion.”
Suniel is perturbed that his film, which released over the weekend, has been given an ‘A’ certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification even though it has “neither expletives nor has it portrayed women in a vulgar or demeaning way”.
Suniel says: “Honestly, Enemmy does not have excessive violence. In my earlier films, there was more violence, skin-show and abuses. As Enemmy has got an ‘A’ certificate, children will not be able to watch it in theatres. My co-actor Mithun Chakraborty was so upset with this news that he did not come to Delhi to publicise the film. Grave injustice has been done to us. Due to the shortage of time, we cannot ask for a review.”
On the positive side, the actor considers himself lucky to be sharing screen space with Mithun.
“ Mithun da is in a class of his own. If I am compared with him in this film, then it would be a compliment for me.”