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Sumeet Vyas

The actor and writer on bagging his first lead role opposite Kalki Koechlin in Robbin, and making it in Bollywood as an outsider

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Sumeet Vyas
Sumeet Vyas

There are no small roles, only small actors, you’ve said. You’ve now bagged your big role.

There are inconsequential and consequential roles. I have taken each small opp­ortunity to create impact.

Permanent Roommates, India’s first web series, bec­ame a rage. How so?

I had seen videos of TVF and felt they were doing great work. So I got in touch. They called me to read for Permanent Roommates.

Tell us about your lead acting debut with Kalki Koechlin in Ribbon.

It’s directed by Rakhee Sandilya. The script is relevant, fresh, and her approach is realistic.

What about your next web series, Tripling?

I’ve just finished writing Tripling with Akarsh Khurana. I thoroughly enjoy writing.

Is Web TV the new silver screen?

It’s exploding now! It is a med­ium I’m excited about.

You’re choosy about roles. What do you think qualifies for a good script?

If the intent to tell the story is correct then every story is unique. I choose parts keeping boredom in mind. Right now I’m sick of comedy, and detest playing the nice guy.

You’ve been in Bollywood for 16 years. How has it been?

It has been tough, slow, but extremely enriching.

Tell us your first experience of Bollywood.

I remember my first scene in 2006 in a film directed by Farooq Kabir. I was so nervous shooting with Vikram Gokhale and Sharman Joshi!

You did TV and ads, to save money for theatre. Tell us about your love for the stage.

Theatre has made me who I am. I was a good-for-nothing 17-year-old. Theatre helped me make sense of my life.

Would you choose between the stage and the screen?

I’ve been juggling both forever.

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