Mumbai: Actor Amit Sial says his consecutive successes in the digital space has motivated him to break free from the casting stereotypes and push himself to choose newer characters.
Despite starting his film career in the mid-2000s, the actor found spotlight only after featuring on popular shows like Amazon Prime Video’s Inside Edge (2017), Mirzapur (2018), Netflix’s crime-drama Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega and his latest Sony LIV series Maharani.
In an interview with PTI, Sial said, “I have learnt to not get too excited or get carried away. I do not want to dwell on past glories and make too much about it. Right now, I feel ready to headline projects on my own shoulders. “I am looking forward to leading projects. When things are going well, you have to push yourself to get what you want.”
Though the industry was always aware of his work in films like Dibakar Banerjee’s 2010 Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Kanu Behl’s Titli (2014), the actor said the success on the over-the-top (OTT) platforms has made him a mainstream name.
“Before my stint with the OTT, a lot of my work was noticed by the industry. But what has transformed is that now I am in the popular zone. A lot of important people didn’t know about me, but now I am right there in front of them. That could happen because I put my head down and worked continuously.”
The actor believes he needs to “break out” from casting stereotypes. “I am trying to break out of the intense projects I have been doing, hand picking lighter subjects. I am looking out for comedies because people tell me I have a good sense of humour and I would like to apply it in a project.”
Born and brought up in Kanpur, Sial recalled developing a fascination for acting from his school days. He moved to Delhi in the mid-90s for higher studies and got involved in the city’s theatre circuit.
The lack of financial stability in acting especially for an outsider, became a cause of concern for his family.
Sial “conformed to their fears” and moved to Melbourne, Australia, for a post-graduation diploma in International Business. But the recession in 2001 cut short his stint and he moved back to Kanpur.
He eventually moved to Mumbai in 2007 after actor Randeep Hooda, whom he had met in Australia called him for an acting opportunity.
Sial will be next seen in the third season of Inside Edge, ZEE5 film Aafat-e-Ishq and web series Inspector Avinash, co-starring Hooda.
(With inputs from PTI)