"Building sick-pack abs will not teach you acting": Sanjay Mishra takes a dig at Bollywood actors

Sanjay Mishra is a face that has now been recognized and is associated with substantial, thought-provoking and artistically satisfying cinema.

The versatile actor has worked in a number of memorable flicks, that may not always have set the box-office on fire, but certainly did ring a bell with those who appreciate quality cinema. His work in movies like 'Kadwi Hawa', 'Aankhon Dekhi', 'Masaan' and 'Anaarkali Of Aarah' - to name a few, have consistently manged to strike a chord with viewers.

The talented and seasoned star, who's known for putting his heart and soul into his characters, is just as passionate when it comes to speaking on the subject of movies - or for that matter, Indian cinema in particular. 

In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, the 'Phas Gaye Re Obama' star bared his soul on a number of movie-related subjects, and it was a delight to read what he had to say.

Throwing some light on the recent obsession with 'six-pack-abs', that several mainstream B-town actors have developed, Sanjay stressed on how that is not necessarily proportional to one's acting abilities.

Here is what he told HT on the subject:

"We have actors like Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kangana Ranaut, Deepak Dobriyal who don’t need six packs? Six packs banakar kuch nahi hota hai, it only looks good onscreen, till two hours you cannot only show six packs, you have to act also. I agree you have to be fit, but that doesn’t mean you will only show your six packs. Six packs banana se acting nahi aa jaati, for me six packs are fake."

Sanjay also pointed out how he's not too fond of the term 'Bollywood' as its a straight out copy of the word 'Hollywood' and somehow diminishes the esteem of the Hindi film industry. 

"I hate this term. It’s a copy from Hollywood and I hate that," the actor said.

Sanjay also shared his opinion on the much-talked about subject of Nepotism and pointed out how at the end of the day, it is only your talent that will help you sail through in the long run.

"Nepotism is everywhere," the actor said. "I have seen it everywhere, from railways to doctors. But today we have made a huge debate but in the end talent matters. Nepotism has nothing to do with actor’s success."

The award-winning actor also spoke on subjects like the different between being a hero and being an actor, his early struggle, today coarse of mainstream music and being called a 'character actor.'

You can read the complete interview by HT here.

More power to you Sanjay Mishra. Here's to witnessing your association with many more gems of the kind of cinema that actually matters.

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