You might remember him as the florist in ‘Band Baaja Baarat’. Now, he’s all set to play Bhumi Pednekar’s father in ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’. Catch Neeraj Sood in conversation as he talks about the film and what it is like being a character actor.
What was the best part about working in Shubh Mangal Savdhan?
Well shooting for the entire film was fun. The script in itself is amazing and there was nothing to do individually – it was all team effort. I remember one of the days we were shooting a scene with Ayushmann Khurrana where he had to kiss Brijendra Kala (playing my elder brother). It was just remarkable. The way Brijendra Kala looked at us after the kiss was really funny. Seema Pahwa and I just couldn’t control and burst out laughing every time the shot was retaken. It was only after the director came and yelled at us that we could do the scene. That too, if you notice once you watch the film, we are neither looking at Brijendra Kala as he looked very funny, nor in the shot.
You have been acting since many years. Does it become easy with time?
It does not become easy but it is not even difficult. Every script comes with a different story and various demands. Those different scripts and stories make us work with new techniques and new styles. Yes of course, more work gives us more experience but that doesn’t mean it becomes easy. In fact we are loaded with more responsibilities.
How is it being a character actor?
This is a very interesting question. You must have noticed the work done by me till now. My characters are not alike. That is because I always try to not repeat myself. I always try to play different character roles because I enjoy that and it is also good in a way for work. Playing different (roles) every time gives birth to new ideas and at the same time you also have fun, is what I think.