Actor Zakir Hussain says an artiste cannot do much to break free from stereotypes because the cliche format rules the film industry.
Hussain, who has often featured in negative or comic roles, got his breakthrough with Sarkar and went on to work in films like Johny Gaddar, D and Saala Khadoos.
“Stereotyping is an issue everywhere and that is because our format is such. There are very few directors who can think or want to think of you in different characters. Others will just stereotype you in a role you’ve been good at,” Hussain said.
“So if you have been good at playing negative character, you will only get offered negative roles. As an actor, I can’t break the stereotype. That is in the director’s and producer’s hand. All I can do is try doing different things within my role,” he said. The Badlapur actor feels it is a good time for actors who work in off-beat films, as the audience today is open to diverse range of movies.
Hussain is all set to feature in Zee TV’s show Ek Maa Jo Laakhon Ke Liye Bani Amma, in the role of a strict Police Commissioner – named KM Dayal. “The show is different than the regular family dramas. I heard the story and found that the character is very interesting and important in the show. “Since he is a commissioner who tries hard to maintain peace and keep the underworld in check, there was a challenge in doing that,” he said. – CINEWS