Angad Bedi on ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’: “Been surreal to work with Salman Bhai & Katrina”


Angad Bedi has witnessed much appreciation for his performance in ‘Pink’ and ‘Dear Zindagi’ in last year, which could be described as the turning point of his career. He landed a role in Ali Abbas Zafar directed ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, which is the year’s final big release. Being the first commercial movie he’s a part of, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ has been quite an experience for Bedi. caught up with the actor ahead of the film’s release on 22nd December.

How would you describe your personal journey shooting for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’?
It’s been a surreal experience to work with such megastars like Salman Bhai and Katrina. It’s the biggest film of the year, it’s the biggest franchise for Yash Raj Films, and for me. God willing I hope I can get another big film but right now I am still very new and raw in this industry. I have been here just six years and to get a film like ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, I think I must have done something really good in my past life. To move from Mr Bachchan (in ‘Pink’) to work with Salman Bhai, who are the two pillars of this industry, where the industry between these two men resides. Not just the people who work in the film industry but the people who love Salman Khan all over the world and all over the globe will watch this and because of that they will watch me so I am extremely thankful and grateful to the people who have worked in this film from the production to the AD department, costumes, light men, spotboys and everybody in Abu Dhabi for supporting us. I am very grateful.

How much did you relate to your character?
I don’t relate to this character because, honestly, it’s not my personality at all but that’s the challenge for every actor to play a part which is not your personality. I enjoyed doing that. This character has got a lot of confidence and is slightly on the reserved side, which I am totally not. He has a lot of surety, a slight attitude, which again is not in my DNA. I am a little more vulnerable, shy and I am clumsy. He is not clumsy at all. He is not goofy and my personality is goofy. At the same time to work towards it, Ali (Abbas Zafar) really helped me. He put me through the basics which were the training, understanding what a RAW agent is, how he should walk, how they talk, how they listen, how they observe, what the mindset is. So to get into all of that took time but now let’s see hopefully all the efforts should be rewarding once the film releases.

You’ve been asked many times how you’ve found working with Salman Khan. What do you think sets him apart from any of your other co-actors?
The fact that he is so spontaneous, the fact that he is so caring, the fact that he knows how to share, the fact that he likes to give his other co-actors a pedestal; these are the things that set him apart. He gets involved in not just your lines or your scenes but also in what you are wearing and how you are looking. So it’s great to just be around him because there is a sense of security and you know that he has got your back at all times.

What was it like working under director Ali Abbas Zafar?
He has been a friend and I have seen all his films. He watches a lot of foreign films and he has a great understanding of not just direction but also the script. I like the fact that he writes and directs his own films. It is the best feeling for any actor to be in the hands of a good writer-director and Ali Abbas Zafar is just that. He made a phenomenal film ‘Sultan’ last year and I think he has outdone himself completely with ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’.

What should audiences expect from your performance?
I just feel that let them see the film first. It will be great to see what they have to say. It is something very different from what I have done. I feel that it’s totally different from ‘Pink’ and it’s totally different from ‘Dear Zindagi’ too. It’s also totally different from Inside Edge. So let’s see, audience reviews are what matters the most. thanks Angad Bedi for the time he has taken to share his ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ experience with us. The film releases on 22nd December.

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