Young actor Chetan Sharma believes that it has been a good mix of independent and commercial films that has firmly established him in the entertainment industry. The Paglait, Delhi crime and Sacred Games2 actor says his bet on independent films has paid him well.
“When I was shooting for a cult film Ankhon Dekhi (2013), it was a small independent project that initially didn’t work very well in theaters, but my monologue in the film was one of the highlights of my career. My belief in parallel cinema brought me movies like Binnu Ka Sapna, Closure, Chidi Balla and forthcoming 2020 Delhi. I played the leading role in all of them and they did very well at international film festivals,” says de Meenakshi Sundareshwar (2020) and Dehydrated actor (2015)
He credits this mix as his greatest success. “Commercial projects gave me recognition with the masses and independent films established me in the industry. It’s this mix that helped me navigate the industry without a mentor. Makers now know and understand that I am available to experiment with all types of cinema. I can quench the thirst of starring with indie films, while commercial projects help me land more projects,” he says.
Last seen in the OTT series trial by fire, he has a number of projects ahead of him. “I am starring in an independent film Who am I by the young director Shireesh Khemariya, in which I have a very important role Bholaa directed by Ajay sir (Devgn), Varun Grover’s short film Kiss which is doing well in the international festivals and in Aparna Sen’s film The rapist in which I have a negative role. There is more, but I am not allowed to talk about it,” Sharma added.
The actor says it is his father’s belief that he became an actor. “I was good at studies and my father introduced me to theater and motivated me to do workshops. It became my hobby and eventually my passion. Honestly, I had no direction and it wasn’t until much later that I realized he was setting me up to be an actor, which I ended up being,” he says proudly.