A pass out from the National School Of Drama, Mr. Anang Desai is known for playing the character of Babuji from the one time popular daily soap Khichdi. In a career spanning over 3 decades, Mr. Desai has worked with notable names from the film fraternity and was last seen in a pivotal role in Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom. Over two cups of hot chai, Mr. Desai throws light on his journey, his love for theatre, future plans and more.
In an interview to a website, you once mentioned that there are no permanent friendships in the industry. What makes you say so? Is it a result of a bad experience?
No. Not really. I have friends in the industry. But I believe that the word ‘friend’ is a very special term and cannot be applicable for every second person you meet or interact with. As actors, we connect with co-stars while shooting for a project, but once the film/serial is over, everyone gets busy with their own lives. The bonding is project specific. There are no permanent friendships.
So, who are your friends from the film fraternity?
Anupam Kher, Satish Kaushik, Govind Namdeo, Kavita Chaudhary and few others.
As an actor, you’ve explored various mediums like films, television & theatre. What do you feel from the above keeps you going?
I love all the three mediums. Theatre keeps me going because before I entered films, I used to do a lot of theatre.
The makers of Sarabhai VS Sarabhai have launched the second version of the franchise. Are the makers of Khichdi contemplating on doing something similar?
It may be possible. There is a lot of recall value for Khichdi. I meet a lot of people who want to see more of it.
After serving the industry for 3 decades, do you feel you’ve received your due credit as an actor?
I am happy to receive love and support. But, I feel I have a lot to achieve and want to do better roles. As compared to films, television has offered me better roles.
Considering you come from a family of doctors, weren’t your parents sceptical about your decision to pursue acting?
I never thought I would become an actor. Once I went to college, I enrolled with a theatre group. And that’s how the interest developed further. My father never forced me to become a doctor. But, I have broken the tradition.
What’s your dream role?
I’ve never thought about that but I seek for roles which give me a lot of scope to perform and continuously challenging my aptitude as an actor.