If you ask Barun Sobti if he listens to what people say about his career, the actor replies almost immediately that the voices never reach his ear, “because I don’t talk to people!” Barun, who has been one of the biggest names on TV, knows he does selective work, but he doesn’t care what people think of his career. He’s made choices in his 15-year journey based purely on his gut—and his wife’s suggestion—even when times have been “rough” and the work less exciting.
Barun started his acting career in 2009 and emerged as the biggest star in TV with the show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. After the success on TV, Barun switched to movies with Main Aur Mr. Riight (2014) and the critic-loved Tu Hai Mera Sunday. The actor dived into the streaming world with series and films such as Asur, Halahal and The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family.
Ahead of his latest Netflix series Kohrra, the actor told indianexpress.com how his wife, Pashmeen Manchanda, plays an important role in the much-lauded choices he has made in his career. work.
“My wife is the only one who knows which projects I am working on. She is so deep in my life, she just knows what I will and will not do. She may be more critical than me, if it were entirely up to her I would do less work! I don’t know what other people think, I stop doing something when I’m bored, not because people say something,” said the actor.
Barun said he was “told a lot” not to be selective and do more work, but his temptation is not seen repeatedly on screen. The actor shared how he was offered a movie – which he didn’t like – by a reputable production house and as he was going through a rough patch, he briefly considered getting into it, that is before his wife intervened.
“I was going through a difficult period and a very good production house offered me a movie, but I didn’t like the script. It might be easy for people (to say yes to that kind of project). I thought chalo year sc*** it, let’s do it. I went back home and told my wife.
“She said, ‘There’s no reason for you to do it. You come home every day and you’re miserable, then I’ll be miserable, so don’t make my life bad.’ For me it is very important to be happy in what I do and she understands that, pleasing people is not on that list for me,” he added.
Kohrra, directed by Randeep Jha, follows the investigation into the death of an NRI, whose body is discovered shortly before his wedding. In the six-episode show, Barun plays a Punjabi cop. The actor said he was surprised to be offered the part, which goes against his more obvious romantic hero image.
“I was very happy that these guys don’t want me to portray what was done before or what the image was like. Those guys didn’t want that, which was very liberating for me. I had a lot of freedom. The brief was to make it as real as possible and I followed that,” Barun added.
Produced by Clean Slate Filmz, the show is created by Gunjit Chopra, Diggi Sisodia and Sudip Sharma of Paatal Lok. The show will be streaming from July 15.
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