“My favorite actor is Dilip Kumar as he infuses life to any character he plays,” says Utkarsh Sharma who essays lead in ‘Genius’

'Genius – Dil Ki Ladai Dimag Se’’ is a unique blend of love and gripping action tale – that undoubtedly trigger one’s adrenaline rush and the next moment scales it down once the romantic aura fills the theatre. Walking on the treacherous turf of espionage, a genius RAW  agent Vasudev Shastri (Utkarsh Sharma) encounters another bigger genius and ISI agent MRS (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). The dialogues delivery matches in intensity with any Big B’s movie.


In a tete a tete with Star Dhamaka, Utkarsh Sharma who played the lead in the movie pours his heart out:





The much awaited movie ‘Genius’ is released last Friday. This is your first movie where you played the lead…Your take on this


My mind is engaged with thoughts like how the audience would react to the novel concept, initially. I am on cloud nine as the movie has enticed them. Rest is in the hands of God.


How did you feel playing the lead role as debutante in the movie?


I have an exhilarating experience while working with seasoned actors – Nawaz sir (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), Mithun Da (Mithun Chakraborty) and Himesh ji (Himesh Reshmmiah), besides others. People learn a lot by working with such great actors. It was a terrific experience for me, literally. It is indeed enlivening when such mega-actors provide love and encouragement to you.


Lakhs of people have viewed the movie, loved it and it remained trending on social media for quite a long time. I am pretty happy with this. This definitely gives me satisfaction.


You must have felt nervous as your dad was the director of the movie? What have you learnt from him…,                                                                                                                                               

It’s a loss to none but us if we get nervous. I tried to open up to new ideas and try to imbibe them. This way it benefits the project and satiates the audience’s entertainment urge. During movie production, I looked upon him as the famous director – Anil Sharma, of historical-drama ‘Gadar’ and not as my father.  This perception has propelled me to give my best.


I have learnt and still learning many things from my dad, particularly his priceless tips: Enrich the character you play with natural acting, mostly in commercial movies which is shorn of this nowadays. He says as much as you try to bring realism in the movie, there is a greater possibility of connecting to more audiences.  


What’s your role in the movie?                                                 


My character in the movie has several dimensions to it. It’s definitely not a one-note character as even in a real life there are several shades of circumstances that overwhelm you: Sometime you remain in romantic mood and contrary to this melancholia depresses you on other occasions. Similarly, this character has its own story and loaded with diverse circumstances with its own demand of character portrayals. I loved while doing this. Now it is up to the audiences to judge.


Who is your role-model as far as acting is concerned?


My favorite actor is Dilip Kumar as he infuses life to any character he plays, besides he remains my role-model too. This is because I consider him as a natural actor. He is like moons to me whom I am trying touch but know that I can’t touch him. But there’s no harm in trying – this will hone ones acting skill.  He is an institute of acting.


 Besides him …                                                                                                                                                                

Who won’t aspire to become a perfectionist like Amir Khan, King of romance – Shah Rukh Khan, the energetic Sunny Deol. I started my career with Deol in Gadar – where I played a child artist (I was around 4 – 5 years old then) and with Amitabh Bachchan too.



When did you decide to be an actor?


When I was assisting my dad in ‘Veer…’where Salman Khan played the lead, I watched him the way he acted on the production floor. There was a tremendous shift in his calm and cool persona once the shoot starts. He completely immersed in the character which he was portraying. He became someone else. That used to fascinate me a lot. This was the exact time when I decided to be an actor.


Your take on nepotism…  


I bore the brunt of acidic trolls and comments as I belonged to a film family. I was mentally prepared for this and knew that this would come to me. 

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