Actor Sharad Kelkar says ‘Operation Romeo’ is an important film in his career as it will give fans the opportunity to see him in a ‘serious’ role. Best known for his performances in films such as ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’, ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ and ‘Laxmii’, ‘Operation Romeo’ stars Kelkar as Mangesh Jhadav, an unpredictable policeman and greedy.
“’Operation Romeo’ is a very important film for me as an actor. There are a lot of commercial and parallel films that I do, but it’s a mixture of both. It’s fun and has a great subject.
“It’s a dark, gritty role and people haven’t seen me in that kind of role, so it’s like a reinvention. As the last four releases are all commercial films and have been a hit and my work was appreciated. I’m very grateful,” the 45-year-old actor told PTI in an interview.
Directed by Shashant Shah of “Chalo Dilli” fame, the film is the remake of the 2019 Malayalam film “Ishq”, which revolves around moral policing.
Calling himself a “producer actor,” Kelkar said it was time filmmakers bet big on low-budget movies.
“I understand that there is a commercial success and a critical success of a film. Until you prove your commercial success through a film, people will be slow to build on you.
“In that sense, this film is important. A small film should work then trust (will be built) not only for me but also for the others (actors). For Rajkummar Rao ‘Stree’ changed the game in a big way. I think ‘apna time bhi aayega’,” he added.
“Operation Romeo,” which hits theaters on April 22, also stars Bhumika Chawla, Kishore Kadam, Sidhant Gupta and Vedika Pinto.
The film posed its own challenges, said the Gwalior-born actor.
“It’s a tough movie to make. Being in an intense, dark scene, you have to be in the same mindset, it was tough. Kelkar said he doesn’t get into the acting method because he believes that time is money.
“I don’t think too much, I don’t go into the methods… I believe that a scene works impromptu. Apart from repeating again and again, the expressions will be mechanical…
“I’m an actor-producer because I think from a business perspective. In this industry, people invest money in movies, they should get a return. I try to finish as soon as possible. I’m a producer-friendly actor. I’m a workaholic and I have to take action or else I’m going to go crazy,” he added.
“Operation Romeo” is produced by Friday Filmworks and Reliance Entertainment from Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia.
The next step for Kelkar is five projects including a Marathi and Tamil film, the actor said. He will also be seen in Kirti Kulhari’s first production film “Nayeka”.
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