Exclusive! Sunny Singh on 5 years of ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’: Have received a lot of love from the audience and would want it to stay that way – Times of India
On the special occasion, ETimes got in touch with ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2′ star Sunny Singh, who shared his views on the ongoing ‘insider-outsider’ debate, the importance of mental health, his journey in the industry and much more. Here are excerpts from the chat:
How Sunny spent his lockdown
First I thought that it would get over in 22 days. But that didn’t happen. So I started working out more from home. I started working out twice a day. Because you are free you can do whatever you want and even watch a good movie. The special part is, I got to spend a lot of time with my family. When you work in this creative field you don’t get much time to spend with your family. I learned a lot from this lockdown. Maybe you can just sit and relax and think about your future. I have attended a lot of narrations over video calls. Apart from that, I ate a lot of home-made food. I started reading books and even watched a whole TV series.
Importance of mental health during a lockdown
I have 3-4 friends who got stuck in the city during the pandemic as there was no transport available for people to return. I remember talking to them for long hours, guiding them and helping them. I advised them to eat right and to talk to their family and everything will fall in place. By all means, I have tried to help them. We also visit Gurdwaras and do “Seva”. At that time, from an uncle, we got to know about a needy family and we even helped them. It was chaos back then. Many of my friends, who used to live on rent, faced issues. But I stood by them during the time of difficulties.
The pandemic situation is temporary. Just be calm and work out a lot, work on your hobbies. It’s not just one person. It’s happening with everyone. Like this, I started motivating my friends. I remember being in touch with my school friends suddenly during the lockdown.
Journey in Bollywood
Oh, it is great, because I had the idea that I wanted to do films but did not expect that my first few films would be hits. The credit goes to Luv (Ranjan), sir. I learned a lot because of him. The way he makes his films, audiences just love it. I received a lot of love from the audience and would want it to stay that way. If we are talking about ‘Ujda Chaman’, I believe it is an underdog film. I was very happy when the whole journey started because I learned a lot from it. I have focused on acting and on any set I have tried to give my 100% because I wanted to grow as an actor. I was very happy with the audience’s response and the reviews that ‘Ujda Chaman’ received. I always wanted to do an action-comedy and I am still waiting for that.
I feel it all depends on the talent of the individual. My father has been an action director for the past 40 years, as a technician. I have met many directors. But it’s not like that they have taken me in their films. I have started meeting the directors since 2007. I think they are right. Why will they put 8-10 crores on me, a new guy? There should be some talent, then only they will invest such a big amount. There are directors, who are signing newcomers. It’s just that, when you are giving your 100% as an actor, then only it works. If you are not working hard, even if you are a star kid, then that won’t work. It doesn’t matter if you are an outsider or an insider, your talent only matters and how much hard work you have put in. So I don’t believe in this debate.
I was very clear about my vision that I always wanted to be an actor, so I don’t think about parties much. I only meet people I am close to and I hardly party. I am also not that active on social media. I do what I feel. I am a little different but I am happy to be what I am.
Social media trolling
Touchwood, I have not experienced any such trolls. I hardly got trolled. In a year, I would have trolled maybe four to five times. But it doesn’t affect me at all. They don’t have work or anything that’s the reason they are doing it. The one who is trolling must be very young, they will not realize now but realise later. So I don’t think much about being trolled. Mostly I have received good reviews for my work.
‘Ujda Chaman’ vs ‘Bala’ controversy
I think it depends on the filmmakers more than the actors. Because we, as actors, are not aware of the release date. We go to the set and shoot. As actors, we do one film and then move on to the next one. We have nothing to do with it. I know Ayushmann Khurrana very well. Even his brother Aparshakti Khurana, is a very good friend of mine. I know how the life of an actor is. So we have nothing to do with it, it’s the filmmakers, who have to decide. It doesn’t bother me. I know how I have performed. What can we do if it clashes? I respect Ayushmann Khurrana a lot and he is a very good actor. I think mutual respect is important. Even your hard work is important. I think people should appreciate the acting and respect it.
Nepotism in Bollywood
Yes, it happens. Like your son is a doctor, you do refer him somewhere. Likewise, if he has talent, he will do fine but if not the newcomer will get the opportunity with his talent. I think the trolling part is just chaos. It’s not good. There should be some limit. Earlier, when you used to tweet, people used to like it and people used to be positive. They don’t use to be negative about anyone. Now, you are just sitting home and saying anything you like. We know how difficult it is to make a film and everyone has their own journey. Even if the person is someone’s son, he would still have to struggle. Even sometimes, it has happened that newcomers also get films easily without much struggle. People should look at it in a bigger perspective but not like this. This happens in every field. I feel that there should be a limit, people should actually take care of that. Even if something positive is happening, people still try to make it negative.
‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ sequel
I don’t have any idea about this. I know nothing.