Wont quit TV for Films – Sharad Kelkar

Sharad Kelkar, who  is returning to the small screen with a complex character in Star Plus thriller Koi LautKe Aaya Hai, has a had a mixed bag in his film innings so far. He had a strong opening with 1920: Evil Returns  and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. But, after that things have somewhat petered out . “Yes last year my films (Rocky Handsome and MohenjoDaro) did not work due to various reasons. You do feel bad. However, I am not disappointed, for my film journey has been just 4 years old & since I am already a known face, no one can launch me. The only way forward for me is to keep doing good work.”
However, he has a strong  character in Sanjay Dutt’s come back film.“ I am playing  the negative in Bhoomi and since am opposite Sanjay Dutt ,it is a big opportunity. I have grown up watching his films. He come across very child like, I guess his innocence gets him into trouble, as people take him for a ride.”

Sharad also has a couple of more movies up his sleeve. One of them is the long delayed Marathi film on politician Gopinath Munde, which has him age 45 years on screen. “Sadly, its still stuck, you try your best to push, but beyond a point you have to move on. It was a challenge to get the look and body language, so will never forget the experience.”
He had earlier struck gold in Riteish Deshmukh’s debut Marathi project Lai Bhaari  back in  2014. Sharad, however will not leave TV,  for films. He last did &TV show Agent Raghav – Crime Branch “I am a known name courtesy Saat Phere. TV viewers like to keep seeing you in different avatars, but in the same zone, so  I do films which allows me to go outside my comfort zone.”
Sharad adds, “Many of my small screen compatriots sadly made the mistake of  dumping TV for films without doing due diligence of checking out what the story is, who the director /  banner is or what the release pattern is? Such films normally come and go, some don’t even  hit the theaters.  And sadly as they walked out on their TV producers to move to films, they can’t go back to the small screen as well. I also was offered few such  projects but gladly said no. Films are  a good option, but one needs to chose wisely. ”


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