And he’s confident enough to say that. Calling himself the greediest actor of all, the Kai Po Che star gets candid while chatting with CS. An avid trekker, Amit says there’s much to life than being cocooned as an actor. The Delhi-born actor, who identifies more with the Northen hilly regions, shares his thoughts on the industry, his favourite sport and his future plans:
I got my first break with a TV show called Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr and within three weeks, the executive producers were keen on kicking me out of the show. They thought I was horrible in front of the camera and I don’t blame them. But Neena Gupta, who was the producer, maintained that I should be given a second chance. I don’t know why, but she saved my career because if it weren’t for her, I would have gone back to the hills.
From bad to good
When Bigg Boss happened, I was already huge on television, earning lots of money, but I was still not that great at acting. So after that stint, I completely vanished for six years hoping people would forget me as a TV actor. I wanted to start afresh with films. As I don’t come from a filmi background, I have had my own share of hurdles. But after Kai Po Che, I can say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my journey so far.
Seeking normal existence
I read a lot and travel as much as possible. To become a better actor, a normal life is essential. At least that’s what I feel. I don’t wish to be that actor who wakes up at seven, has his protein shake, goes to the gym, does 200 sit-ups, develops a good physique and follows the routine again in the evening with horse-riding followed by martial arts training and dance practice.
You can call me a football fanatic. But I have noticed that most of those who call themselves football fans are actually football club fans. Especially in a country like India, where everything becomes a fad, these people don’t care following what’s happening in Indian football. I admit the standards vary, but someday when I’ll have equity to my name, I’ll bring more to Indian football. That’s one dream I have had for very long time.
Heeding the mountain’s call
Since I belong to a hilly region, trekking comes naturally to me. I’m a professional climber. Ironical, climbing keeps me grounded. The higher you climb, the thinner the air gets and you literally struggle. I hope to summit Mt Everest in two years’ time.