Pritam Singh Exclusive Interview | Actors Like Us Have To Create Our Own Platform

Pritam Singh Exclusive Interview | Actors Like Us Have To Create Our Own Platform


I
will
eat
parantha
and
I
will
go
to
the
gym
as
well;
but
most
importantly
I
will
stay
happy
and
take
life
as
it
comes
,”
that’s
the
mantra
Pritam
Singh
swears
by
off
late.
Known
for
his
stint
as
a
contestant
on

Bigg
Boss
8

and
anchoring
shows
like

Box
Cricket
League
,

Antakshari
League
,

Big
Memsaab

and

India’s
Got
Talent
,
Pritam
Singh
is
currently
gearing
up
for
the
release
of
his
upcoming
action
thriller

Flight

in
which
he
will
be
seen
in
a
new
avatar.


Filmibeat

recently
caught
up
with
Pritam
for
an
exclusive
tete-a-tete
in
which
the
anchor
cum
actor
was
at
his
candid
best.
From
talking
about
Flight
to
sharing
his
bindass
take
on
favouritism
existing
in
the
entertainment
industry,
Pritam
didn’t
mince
his
words.

Excerpts
from
our
chat
with
him.


Q.
How
did
you
bag
the
film

Flight
?


A.

Generally,
one
goes
office
to
office
to
meet
producers,
casting
directors
and
give
their
auditions.
This
is
the
protocol.
But
in
my
case,
it
never
happened
that
way.
Instead,
it
happened
the
other
way
round.
I
have
known
Mohit
(Chaddha)
and
Suraj
(Joshi)
since
ages.
We
are
a
bunch
of
friends
who
did
some
reality
shows
together.
We
had
the
same
dream
of
making
it
big
in
the
Hindi
film
industry.
Mohit
came
up
with
the
script
and
the
idea
of
doing
this
film
by
himself.
He
said,
‘Let’s
make
a
film.” We
faced
new
challenges
each
and
every
day.
The
best
part
was
that
they
offered
me
a
role
which
I
had
never
done
in
the
past.
They
asked
me
to
hear
the
whole
narration.
I
told
them
that
if
I
hear
the
whole
narration
then
‘mera
actor
jaag
jayega.’
I
told
them
that
because
I
am
their
friend,
I
might
take
the
liberty
of
giving
my
inputs
on
it.
Finally,
I
decided
that
I
will
go
by
the
director’s
words.
It’s
like
a
bunch
of
friends
who
came
a
long
way.
The
best
part
of
making
this
film
is
that
we
got
to
eat
some
good
food
everyday
(laughs).
That’s
what
kept
us
going.


Q.
Going
by
the
reports,
we
will
see
you
essaying
the
role
of
a
pilot
in
the
film.
What
sort
of
preparation
did
you
undergo
for
your
character?
Did
you
have
any
reference
point
for
your
role?


A.

Nothing
as
such.
I
just
went
with
the
flow
and
stuck
to
the
director’s
vision.
I
decided
to
follow
whatever
he
said.
I
did
bulk
up
to
look
good
on
screen
because
my
character
has
a
certain
personality
to
him.
The
only
preparation
was
to
go
and
hit
the
gym
to
look
good
in
the
uniform.


3.
You
had
mentioned
in
an
interview
that
you
play
a
negative
role
in
the
film.
Were
you
apprehensive
about
venturing
into
the
grey
zone
since
a
lot
of
actors
shy
away
from
negative
characters
for
the
fear
of
getting
typecast?


A.

I
don’t
want
to
reveal
much
about
my
character
in
the
film.
All
I
can
say
is
that
it’s
something
very
different
from
what
I
had
done
before.
I
play
a
pilot
in
the
film.


4.
Considering
the
current
COVID-19
scenario,
a
lot
of
filmmakers
are
still
dicey
about
releasing
their
films
in
theatres.
Did
the
thought
of
opting
for
an
OTT
release
ever
cross
the
team’s
mind?


A.

I
am
not
somebody
from
the
industry
who
has
been
marked
as
a
star
actor.
I
still
have
a
long
way
to
go.
I
have
a
little
legacy
to
my
name.
But,
it’s
not
like
every
now
and
then,
I
am
getting
OTT
platform
of
film
offers.
To
be
frank,
they
don’t
offer
projects
to
us.
That’s
why
we
have
attempted
to
make
a
film
like
Flight.
Nobody
is
giving
the
right
platform
to
actors
like
us.
We
have
to
create
our
own
platform.
They
tell
us
that
‘newcomers
are
welcome’.
But
when
you
go
to
a
producer’s
house/office,
they
are
like
‘films
with
newcomers
don’t
sell’.
Every
actor
must
have
been
fed
up
of
hearing
these
cliched
lines.
We
get
told,
‘You
are
not
a
star,
How
will
our
film
make
money?’ When
you
go
to
casting
directors,
there
are
thousands
of
people
giving
audition
for
the
same
role.
You
give
an
audition
and
there
are
two-three
people
who
judge
you
on
a
particular
two-three
lines
in
auditions.
There
are
several
other
factors
involved.
We
are
beggars;
we
are
not
choosers.
Actors
like
us
have
to
create
our
own
platform;
nobody
wants
to
cast
us.
We
are
told
that
we
ain’t
salable.
What
does
that
mean?
Every
now
and
then,
star
kids
get
launched.
How
are
they
salable?
OTT
platforms
were
developed
to
encourage
new,
emerging
talents
and
allow
small-time
content
creators
to
tell
their
stories.
Initially,
these
people
were
given
a
lot
of
opportunities
but
now
look,
how
this
platform
too
is
being
driven
by
stars.
Wasn’t
the
OTT
platform
meant
for
people
who
wanted
to
tell
their
own
kind
of
cinema?
Our
film
Flight
has
emerged
out
of
all
these
struggles.


Q.

Flight

is
a
mid-air
action
thriller.
Do
you
believe
this
genre
is
less
explored
in
Hindi
cinema
as
compared
to
the
west?


A.

Very
true.
We
are
so
scared
to
try
something
new.
In
the
film
industry
too,
both
insiders
and
outsiders
fear
to
experiment.
We
are
stuck
in
our
own
bubble.
It’s
like
you
know
I
have
an
XYZ
star,
let’s
go
and
pitch
him
a
story.
If
he
likes
then
we
will
put
our
money
into
the
film.
This
is
how
it
works.
Thankfully,
we
now
have
some
new
genres
coming
up.
When
we
were
making
Flight,
we
didn’t
have
a
humongous
budget
to
shoot
overseas
in
Switzerland
in
a
Yash
Chopra
film.
We
had
a
restricted
budget
within
which
we
have
made
our
film.


Q.
Reality
shows
are
often
perceived
as
a
big
ticket
to
dreams.
You
had
been
a
part
of
Bigg
Boss
in
the
past.
When
you
look
back,
how
do
you
view
that
experience?


A.

I
feel
lucky
to
have
been
a
part
of
Bigg
Boss
because
it
give
me
my
dream
work
which
I
expected
in
the
form
of
reality
shows,
anchoring
and
hosting.
I
have
been
continuously
working;
whether
it’s
red
carpet
events,
award
shows,
GC
shows.
It
all
depends
on
what
you
actually
want.
People
still
recognize
me
from
Bigg
Boss
even
after
doing
so
much
work
post
that
show.
So,
sometimes,
things
come
with
its
set
of
drawbacks.
You
need
to
keep
working
on
yourself.
Sometimes,
people
get
good
money
because
they
are
a
part
of
big
reality
shows.
But
after
that,
it’s
your
own
journey.
It
all
depends
on
how
much
work
you
are
putting
in
for
the
big
win.
It’s
okay
if
you
are
satisfied
with
your
celebrity
status.
You
might
get
invited
for
an
inauguration
ceremony
once
in
a
month,
pose
for
the
photo-ops
and
come
back
home;
only
to
get
stuck
in
the
loop.
You
need
to
shed
off
that
baggage
of
your
stardom
and
just
walk
into
an
office
and
say,
‘I
have
let
go
of
my
past.
I
have
to
start
from
the
scratch
again.’
Every
day
is
a
learning
day.
Often,
reality
show
contestants
turn
into
overnight
sensation
and
land
up
in
music
videos,
but
that
fame
is
short-lived.
People
will
remember
only
those
who
are
consistent
in
their
work
and
sharpening
their
craft.
That’s
what
I
have
been
doing.


Q.
Last
year,
you
penned
an
Instagram
post
in
which
you
had
opened
up
about
your
struggles
amid
the
pandemic.
You
bravely
admitted
that
you
were
nervous
and
anxious
to
know
what’s
in
store
for
you.
How
did
you
sail
through
that
phase
considering
2020
was
quite
a
tough
nut
for
everybody?
Also,
what
piece
of
advice
would
you
like
to
give
to
aspiring
actors
when
it
comes
to
handling
pressure
and
the
competitive
nature
of
the
industry?


A.

I
underwent
through
sh*t
times
during
the
COVID-19
pandemic.
I
was
jobless.
You
know
that
actors
survive
only
with
work.
As
actors,
we
are
a
vulnerable
community.
We
are
so
insecure
in
our
lives.
Actors
can’t
eat,
laugh
or
talk
freely.
We
are
scared
on
social
media
and
in
real
life.
We
are
scared
about
ourselves
and
our
body.
In
the
midst
of
all
this,
we
came
across
a
situation
where
everything
cames
to
a
standstill.
You
start
questioning
yourself
about
your
necessities
and
your
future
plans.
You
won’t
believe
that
during
the
lockdown,
I
went
back
to
my
native
place
in
Nagpur
and
started
a
restaurant
there
with
the
minimum
money
which
I
had
with
me.
I
worked
as
a
cook
in
that
place
because
I
couldn’t
afford
one.
For
a
year,
I
was
preparing
dishes
like
biryani
and
chicken
rice
in
my
restaurant.
This
is
what
life
is
all
about.
It
all
depends
on
how
you
can
survive
in
your
bare
minimum
necessities.
To
all
the
people
out
there,
I
would
like
to
say
that
we
carry
a
lot
of
unnecessary
baggage
in
our
lives.
Let
it
go
and
relax,
and
take
it
easy
in
life.

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