Suniel Shetty Speaks About His Sabbatical, Comeback and the Bollywood Film Industry

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Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty has had a career in the film industry for nearly 25 years, during which he has appeared in more than 110 films. The actor was on a sabbatical for the last four years and will be making his comeback with a Kannada film titled Pehlwaan. He recently spoke about his time in the industry and his sabbatical in an interview, saying, “I don’t know why I took this sabbatical. I think it was because my dad was paralyzed and unwell. I used to feel a little flustered so I took a break.”

He also went down memory lane to talk about his debut film Balwaan, which recorded a decent performance box office, but had critics write him off as an actor, who called him “wooden”.

“One particular critic had mentioned that I should go back to my restaurant business. Definitely, he was wrong. But I took away a lot from the criticism I got. I realised I don’t know acting, as I am not a trained actor. So I decided to go ahead and perform death-defying stunts. That’s how I learned the process of acting; by doing practical work. I still believe I am learning and am working towards enhancing my acting calibre and that’s the beauty of it,” he said.

Suniel also revealed that despite several successful films, he still feels insecure as the “young kids are perfect in their craft.” He said that he now looks at the monitor during the shoot of the film to keep a check on his performance. The actor is also excited about his son Ahan’s launch in the film industry, sharing that he talks to his children about failure as “this industry is very dangerous.” Ahan Shetty will be making his debut with  a remake of Telugu hit RX 100, with producer Sajid Nadiadwala, who also launched his father with the film Waqt Hamara Hai in 1993.

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