At ease with scrutiny

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Aug 2018 10:20:13


By Sugandha Rawal,

Pulkit Samrat loves the power of cinema to make people laugh, cry and dance, as well as the public scrutiny that comes with being famous. But there was a time when it became disturbing for him and his family.

“I have wanted to become an actor since my childhood. The fame and scrutiny was one part of it. But my main agenda was that I wanted to entertain people. I am passionate about making people believe that there is a world of which you can become a part for two hours in the theatre over popcorn,” Pulkit told IANS.

“I have always loved this experience... The expression on people’s faces when they cry with you, they laugh with you and dance along with you; that is what I wanted to do from the start.” The actor, who took the small screen route to get into showbiz, said that, during his growing up years, he used to stand in front of the mirror and give speeches.

“I always thought that I would not wear shades when I become a star. I was like, ‘Why do we have to wear glares? People should recognise you when you stop at the signal’. You want heads to turn towards you... and if it doesn’t happen, it is a nightmare.”

But there was a phase when things turned a bit ugly for Pulkit. “Public scrutiny is a part of the profession. And I kind of enjoy it. But there was a short spell in between when I found it a little disturbing because it kind of involved my family.”

Pulkit -- who made headlines for his separation with Shweta Rohira followed by a rumoured relationship with actress Yami Gautam -- has learnt to deal with the public scrutiny now. “That was a little disturbing, but I have kind of learnt how to manage things; my family has learnt to balance things. We love every part of it. Why not be transparent when people want to know about you?”

Pulkit will soon be seen in Haathi Mere Saathi, an animal drama also featuring Rana Daggubati, Vishnu Vishal, Zoya Hussein and Kalki Koechlin.

Helmed by Prabhu Solomon, the trilingual is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil with a different cast for each language. The movie highlights the man-animal relationship and is a story inspired by true events.