Actor Manjot Singh found popularity with his role of Lali in the 2013 film Fukrey. The actor may have won a Filmfare Award for his debut film Oye Lucky! Good Luck Oh! (2008), it was Mrighdeep Singh Lamba’s comedy drama that put him on the map. However, despite a strong start, Singh managed to land only comedic roles or lead roles that were not meaty enough.
However, Singh has no qualms about being typecast as a comedic actor because he is at peace with it. In an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com, the 29-year-old actor shares that he became an actor through luck and has worked with some big names in the industry in a short time. Now, while he has that urge to do something bigger, he wants to grow as an actor first.
“From a non-movie background, I never thought I would make money from movies. I was 16 when I started in this industry and it just happened by chance. In a short period of time I have worked with a number of big names. Although sometimes there is the urge to do something bigger, but I am satisfied with what I get because I know I will grow,” Singh says.
Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Varun Sharma and Ali Fazal in a still from Fukrey.
In addition, he confesses that he even got leading roles, but he turned them down because he wants to develop as an actor. “It’s not like I didn’t get any offers. I was offered lead roles, but I thought I wasn’t ready yet. If you’re starring without a godfather in the industry, and you don’t deliver, then you have no other chance. So first I want to be fully prepared and then I’m going to take on different roles,” Singh admits.
And once he’s ready, the young actor wants to make people cry and romance on the silver screen. “I want to make people cry. I’m also a die-hard romantic and I want to show that on screen. I hope one day someone will see the idea of a Sardar romance on the screen with a turban. However, I’m glad people are now accepting Sikh characters. I won’t say they are still fully accepted, but yes, the progress is there,” Singh said.
Currently, the actor is gearing up for the release of the SonyLIV web series Chutzpah. According to Singh, people will relate to the series because it is about “people connecting through the internet and how young people today have multiple personalities. They are something in reality, but will show something different on social media.” He feels that the series is on par with the international content and is made on a different level.
Since Chutzpah also stars Fukrey fame Varun Sharma and was created by Fukrey director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, many people compare the series to the 2013 film. Singh clarifies that the two are not at all similar: “It’s a different show with a “different concept. Varun and I don’t even share the screen. His story is a separate story and mine is different. It’s just that all the stories are connected.”
Living in a digital world where actors actively use social media for promotions and to connect with their fans, we asked Singh how important social media is to him. He promptly replies, “Even Ranbir Kapoor is not on social media, see the kind of fan he has.” The actor adds that he doesn’t like social media very much and “feels that someone has a personal life and it’s very important that someone enjoys it. I don’t like to tell people what I’m eating today. I don’t want to reveal everything about my life.”
After Chutzpah, Manjot Singh is looking forward to filming the third installment in the Fukrey franchise. “If the third wave of the coronavirus doesn’t hit us, we’ll start shooting soon. I’m pretty excited about it as it’s being made on a different level this time around and has a different concept,” concludes Singh.