Jeeta Wohi Sikander which means Ďthe winner takes it allí. Way back in 1992,
Mamik played Ratan Lal Sharma in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander fame. In this film,
a potential champion cyclist Ratan falls victim to a tragedy which puts him out
of an inter-college race. Ratanís underdog brother Sanjay (Aamir Khan) fills in
for him and stuns all by winning the race.
A perfect script for
a Bollywood blockbuster which it eventually did, but this film in some way scripted
the career of Mamik. Injured Ratan loses his opportunity at fame. Similarly, Mamik
failed to grab numerous opportunities that came his way post Jo JeetaÖand
soon disappeared from the scene.
many others in the same predicament Mamik headed to television but without much
success. The 45-year-old is currently seen in Sunil Agnihotriís costume drama
Chandramukhi where he plays Surya Pratap Singh. Mayur
Lookhar caught up with the actor during the shoot in Mahableshwar which
was freezing during the recent cold wave that hit the country..
it tough to shoot when the temperature is sub- zero?
Not really. I cover
my self well. Iím better than our heroines who are required to wear skimpy clothes.
After all this is our job. Itís nothing compared to the hard work that poor people
do. Besides anything else, Sunil (director) is a dear friend and I canít say no
Are you happy doing this show?
Whether Iím happy
or not is immaterial. Sunil is qualified in doing costume drama. Itís his job
to ensure that actors are utilised to their optimum. As far as we are concerned,
whatever he has for us in his mind, we are fine with it. He has the right to play
around with any character.
Donít such shows have a niche audience?
necessarily. See, thereís only so much in terms of written work that can happen.
They are all the same stories, spun in different ways all the time. Looking at
the current trend on television, the saas-bahu sagas are on the decline, while
such costume dramas regaining their touch. Such shows cut across through people
of all ages.
At a time, when voices are rising against the saas-bahu
sagas what do you predict for your show?
In our shows, the presentation
does change all the time. Having said that I think certain amount of territory
should be left to the makers. After all, they look after you financially. TV actors
today get the kind of money which we couldnít even dream of during our times.
Some actors do get misled and they later repent for their actions.
still remembered for your role in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. But we hardly
saw you in films thereafter. What went wrong?
This has to do purely because
of my attitude. I got very complacent after the success of Jo JeetaÖThereís
a method to be successful in this industry and it ought to be followed (something
which I didnít). You need to move your butt. I was very much a laidback person.
That time is gone and it canít be recovered.
you reject many offers?
Yes. Big names like Subhash Ghai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra,
Raj Kumar Santoshi approached me for roles but I rejected them as found them insignificant.
Perhaps, in hindsight, I should have accepted those as they would have made me
look visible. However, Iím better off with one Jo JeetaÖthan doing 40 crappy
But television too didnít offer you much creative satisfaction.
did television for the sole reason that I needed a job. There was no way that
I could have afforded sitting at home. After all, I needed money to survive.
Will the equation now change?
As they say, itís never
too late so Iím looking at getting back into films. I recently approached my friend
Sohail Khan and in all probability youíll see me in his next film.
you see yourself getting plum roles considering that age is catching up?
true. Iím not longer the ideal hero material but now Iím purely looking at playing
character roles. There is a lot of scope for such characters today. It may not
be a plum role, but your character should be strong enough to move forward the
story. A lot of ground has been lost, but some of it can be retained.
Now that youíre open to films, will television take a backseat?
done enough work on television. Iím fed up with the same crap. TV is nothing but
quick money. At the end of the month, if youíre getting a big fat cheque then
thereís no room for complaints. Iím looking at films simply because I feel a lot
can happen for actors like me.
The likes of Shah Rukh Khan are
getting younger by ten years. So, would you too be tempted to hit the gym?
Rukh, Aamir and Salman are my contemporaries and we are of the same age. I may
not have the six packs but Iím still fit at 45.
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on 11 Feb 2008 6:40 pm