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Actors deserve credit for running around trees: Divyendu Sharma

Divyendu Sharma, the Delhi-born actor, who made his debut as the quirky Liquid in Pyaar Ka Punchnama and followed it up with another comical role in Chashme Baddoor, will now be seen in a serious role in Japinder Kaur’s upcoming directorial debut Zaleem Dilli. In a chat with SUNDAY MiD DAY, he talks about his past and present.

Do people still refer to you as Liquid in public?
That used to happen in the early days after the release. I didn’t mind my fans calling me Liquid. It was the producers who bothered me because they started coming to me with scripts that were derivatives of Liquid. I kept refusing to do such roles because stereotyping yourself as an actor is dangerous and not worth the money.

And now you’re playing a serious character for the first time. Was it difficult?
Personally, I’m more comfortable doing drama than comedy. However, making people laugh — consciously or unconsciously — is a tough job.

So what was the toughest part about this particular film?
Lip-syncing. You might think it is an easy task but it isn’t. Handling a musical track onscreen is an underrated job. Emoting and dancing while pretending to sing is hard and our actors deserve extra credit for running around the tree and making it look so effortless. I’m sure Hollywood actors won’t be very comfortable doing it (smiles). It takes a lot of raw conviction for a guy to stand in front of the girl and express himself through a song. 

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