Angad Bedi: "I Still Can't Imagine How my Character, Stood Against The Likes of Mr. Bachchan"
The actor talks about Pink and his experience of shooting for Tiger Zinda Hai
Bollywood actor, Angad Bedi, who started off his career with reality television- is now part of some very interesting big banner projects. He shot to fame with his role of Rajveer Singh in Shoojit Sircar’s Pink, and is currently shooting for Tiger Zinda Hai, where he will star alongside Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.
The actor has now bagged another exciting project helmed by Shaad Ali where he will be seen starring alongside Taapsee Pannu and Diljit Dosanjh. In the film, Angad will be playing the role of a Sikh hockey player and will be heading to Punjab in the month of October to prepare for his role.
We got in touch with Angad, to speak to him about Tiger Zinda Hai and his upcoming projects.
How did you bag the role for Tiger Zinda Hai?
The director, Ali Abbas Zafar, who is also a close friend, watched Pink- which is when he made up his mind to cast me. However, he didn’t tell me anything about the project. All he said was, “something exciting is going to come your way.” Once the script was ready, I was called to the YRF office, and I had goose bumps throughout the reading. Getting the chance to work with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif after Pink, was a great honour. Something I am very thankful for.
How did you prepare for your role in the film?
I play a very physically draining role. The film as you know, is based on action- and there is a certain body language that RAW agents have. I had to master intricate techniques on how to hold a gun, maintain my posture etc. Apart from that, fitness played a big role in my preparations, and so did learning specialised arts like kick boxing and how to hold and operate certain weapons. We obviously had action professionals from Hollywood guiding us through the process, but it was strenuous and lasted around two and a half months.
The main focus in the film is on Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. What according to you will make your role stand out?
The film is essentially a sequel to Ek Tha Tiger, with Zoya and Tiger going on another mission. I can’t reveal too much about my role but all I can say is that everyone’s role is equally important.
Any fun incidents on sets? What do you’ll do once the shooting is wrapped up?
When we’re free from training and shooting, we usually play a sport. Sometimes it volleyball and sometimes tennis or cricket. I also love exploring so I’ve visited the Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, and I’ve also been to the Sadiyat Beach Club. I will soon also visit the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Pink finished a year recently. How did the film help you professionally and personally?
Pink has given my career a big boost, with everything taking off from there. It was a milestone film, with a very important, impactful message. Pink would not be possible without the excellence of Shoojit Sircar. The film urged people to see women in a different light, and what better than the voice of Amitabh Bachchan to put across that beautifully strong message. I still can’t imagine how the character I played in the film, stood against the likes of Mr. Bachchan. To pull that off was an experience on its own.
Your role in Pink was very defining. In real life, did you ever meet any such character that you drew reference from?
No, never! That’s what made the role all the more difficult to fulfil. I have never come across a Rajveer Singh from Delhi before. To prepare for my role in Pink, I had to read a book called ‘The Power’, which essentially illustrates how various powerful people respond to different situations that come their way. For the role, I basically had to make my own reference points. I had to undergo a lot of workshops for my role, but all the love and appreciation I received made it worth it. The role of Rajveer Singh was hands down the most difficult role I have essayed till date, and I will forever cherish it.
Unlike Pink, your role in Dear Zindagi was quite insignificant. How come you chose that role?
My role as Alia’s boyfriend in Dear Zindagi was a guest appearance. After I worked in Ungli, a film under the Dharma Productions banner, Karan watched Pink and suggested I do this guest role. It was mainly so people would see me in a different light after Pink- a lighter avatar that would be of recall value. Dear Zindagi was released in close proximity to Pink, so my fans didn’t have to wait too long to see me act again.
You’ve been paet of many reality shows. What’s the kind of reality television you like most?
I like reality television that portrays talent and skill. I like action and dare devilry too. Remo sir’s dance show and the talent on it is amazing, and so is Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Your dad was from the sports background, what made you choose acting as a career?
I was drawn to cinema ever since I was a child. Arts and performances would amaze me. I grew up watching Amitabh Bachchan films. I wish to work with futuristic filmmakers in the future, just like Shoojit Sircar and Ali Abbas Zafar.
Who were your first friends in the industry?
Neha Dhupia and Gaurav Kapur. I have other friends too, like Yuvraj, who I’ve known since childhood. We all have an inner circle now, all of us who are based in Bandra.
Tell us a little about Inside Edge? We hear your role is inspired by your father?
Inner Edge is Amazons first video on demand. It has an 8.3 rating on IMDB and it is a truly amazing series to be a part of. Many people think it is about Cricket mainly, but that isn’t true. It is actually about all the drama that surrounds the sport. It’s about relationships between players and their families, and incidents like match fixing. My role isn’t inspired from my father but he and his experiences in the field of cricket were a great reference point for me. This series has taken content driven cinema to another level and I urge everyone to watch it.