The Oscar awards have been announced recently. And like every year, no film from India found a place in the nomination list of the prestigious awards.
Since 1957, India has sent 45 films to the Oscars as its official entry. Out of these, only three films viz Mother India(1957), Salaam Bombay (1988) and Lagaan (2001) were nominated in the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category.
Now, with the new age cinema coming in and filmmakers experimenting with different genres and concepts, we asked a few actors from Telly land on which film they feel should have won an Oscar.
Shaheer Sheikh: The best movie which deserves to win the Oscars would beMunnabhai M.B.B.S. Today directors are experimenting with very new and fresh concepts which help us understand our world and society better. And Munnabhai was a class-apart movie as it was very original and real.
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Name: Shaheer Sheikh
Current role: Arjun in Mahabharat airing on Star India Plus every Monday to Saturday at 8.30pm ET
Challenges of role played:
It’s a physically and emotionally challenging role. What was important was to know Arjun well- that was the only way to portray him well. The situation Arjun went through is not something you can face in today’s life. I’ve done an extensive study on him and for me its been an impressive learning curve and I have gained a lot out of it. For one, my HINDI has improved a lot—the diction classes did the works on me and now I not only speak better but I understand better too. With the kind of shoot schedules we have, I am almost living the character and feel the connection with the character.
Changes within since playing Arjun:
I have started playing more attention to building my physique— working out has become a daily regiment more than ever. Iam more focused and regimented.
Being an actor:
while one may get all the adulation,love and attention from fans and well-wishers, being away for months altogether at shoot location and not being able to meet your friends and family members can be a big disadvantage, I am saying this purely from the experience I am currently undergoing—we have been away for more than 6months now on location in Gujarat and I have not met my family since, and ofcourse personal life is out of question. Having said this, there is the upside to this situation— keeps us more focused, keeps us in character almost all your waking hours making the character we portray seem more real; and has defintely established a bonding with the rest of team which is again reflected back onscreen. It’s almost like gaining a new family—our special bonding time off-screen is at the end of eachday, in the evening hours, when all the 5 of us goto the terrace look up to the sky for almost an hour to two, and stay quiet. This, i would say is our true “OM’ moment— we do this almost everyday. Where else would i get to experience this if i was not an actor? To me. each new project is a new family gained. I am truly blessed.
Watching movies, summing, horse-riding and photography.
Ritual before sleep:
Watching an episode of Big bang theory and modern family.
Andaz apna apna
Maine Pyar Kiya
Grilled Fish - I can have this anytime!
House Music and soothing songs
Amusing Fan Moment:
A call from a random fan who broke into a very sweet song and hungup immediately after that. And fan act where they do the oddest of things to make a ‘fan statement’— as odd as changing a flat tire and baking a pizza as the ‘STAR’ supposedly loved pizza. And these are young girls, mind you. I have a lot of young kids and teenagers following me—perhaps the ‘warrior’ image is what is intriguing the young minds.
Social networking & techno gizmos:
I have a tweeter account where i interact with my fans. I get a lot of feedback, very constructive ones which help me reflect and fine tune. Though i take on to this activity to touch base with fans, I generally like to disconnect sometimes from all means of communications, I can do very well without my phone the entire day. I am not someone that would spend time fiddling around with my phone. I would rather go around photographing—infact I can imagine a day without a phone but not without my SLR!
Experimental. Live oneday at a time. Don’t believe in planning my life. I let fate and interest decide the course of my life. Acting happened to me by chance. While studying law, I met someone who asked me if i was interested in acting, and should send in my resume if so, I did it and forgot about it. Got a response after 2yrs and that was the beginning of my journey as an actor. Would i get back to law? You never know. Like I said, I do not believe in planning ahead of time.
Philosophy of Life:
Do whatever your heart desires. Give in your 100% to whatever you are currently on.
UnishKuri Bengali Magazine Interview of our Superstar Shaheer Sheikh!
Translation and scan pic credit by Pratyasha
"Tellywood’s curret running TV Series Mahabharat has a very popular Arjun. Although in Screen he is the warrior prince,in real life Shaheer Sheikh is shy.
Q1: When you first got the offer of acting in Mahabharat as Arjun, how did you feel?
I have worked with Swastik Productions in Navya earlier. So, Swastik new my skills and abilities well. Mahabharat is huge project for both the production house and for me. So, I said yes to the role of Arjun before thinking very properly because I did not want to miss this chance.
Q2: How did you prepare yourself for the character ?
I read some books about Arjun. Then I looked after my body.I had to gain some weight. Had to grow my hair too. I had to start exercising,running and jogging.
Q3: Your ponytail look(Brahmin look) is a superhit among your fans?
(Smiles) Actually the track was the Pandavas are in the forest as Brahmins. My hair was coming in face in between shoots and creating trouble so I decided to tie up my hair in a small pony. This look has been favoured by my fans I am very happy about that.
Q4: How much points will you give yourself for making these looks of Arjun so popular?
Arjun is a warrior and a prince. It was my dream to do such a role. To me, Arjun’s knowledge, Efficiency and behaviour is more important than his styling.
Q5: We can see a great chemistry between the Pandavas in the sets..what is the secret..?
Our offscreen chemistry is superb. It seems like we are really 5 brothers. If we all are together,It is hard to stop our mischief. Among them, Rohit, means Yudhishtir has worked with me earlier in Navya. And he was my brother there too.
Q6: Most of the time you shoot outside Mumbai. Outdoor shoots take a lot of time.What all have u missed in your life?
To say the truth I dont have any personal life I dont have any time for anything except shooting. If I get some free time,I sleep. I love sleeping. I miss sleeping the most.
Q7: Do you want to act in films in future?
I am happy with being Arjun now. I have no intention to go to movies by leaving TV just to show my face in a small role.I am happy in Tellywood for now.
Q8: Money,Fame and Awards..which is the most important to you?
Firstly money,then fame and then awards. But most important is doing good work. Otherwise none of these will come to.
Interview was taken by Srabanti Chakrabarti.