Remember the scene where actor Vijay Deverakonda’s character Arjun Reddy calls out to a rival football player, ‘Rey Amit’ and goes on to make an obscene gesture at him? Also, where he punches the same guy later for touching his girlfriend Priti? Well, the actor who played Amit, also named Amit in real life is going to be seen niggling Kabir Singh’s fiery temper in the Shahid Kapoor-starrer. Amit Sharma is, once again, playing the same role in the Hindi remake of the cult Telugu film Arjun Reddy.
The story goes that after auditioning hundreds of people for the antagonist’s role, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga gave Amit a call and asked him to come to Mumbai as “he could only see Amit Sharma playing the baddie and no one else”. “Around that time, I had already started working in two other films and had bulked up for them. Then, Sandeep sir called me, and said he is not liking anyone for the character. I said yes, but asked him for some time due to other film commitments. I had to go on a strict diet to slim down for Kabir Singh. My look is also quite different as I sport a moustache,” says Amit Sharma who has previously played key characters in Kalki, Rangasthalam and the upcoming film First Rank Raju. For starters, he is the guy who slits Kumar Babu (Aadi Pinisetty)’s throat in Rangasthalam setting a chain of events into motion.
Since the story of Kabir Singh is unchanged with only location of the film being changed, Amit says that the easy-going rapport he shared with Vijay was replicated with Shahid Kapoor.
“When we first met in Delhi, it felt like I was meeting a friend. My rapport developed really well with Shahid. After we rehearsed the scene, he smiled and said, ‘you are already in character’. And, Shahid was clear in his approach to how he would portray Kabir’s mindset, which is different from the original. I’m confident that my scene with Shahid will be as talked-about as the Arjun Reddy scene,” reveals Amit who once ran away from home as a ninth-grader to Mumbai in a bid to pursue his acting dreams.
With just a few thousand rupees in his pocket, he went about asking people for help in getting him acting projects, until his father located him and asked him to return to Hyderabad. From then on, Amit worked with different theatre groups in the city, acting and directing plays gaining experience in the field.
A costume designer friend told him about the casting call for Arjun Reddy and Amit got the role after an audition. With no formal training in acting, Amit describes his learning process as an observational one, which allows him to mimic a person’s mannerism a few minutes into their meeting. The two films Kabir Singh and Saaho will mark his debut in the Hindi film industry. And, the lad is gung-ho about it.