Jim Sarbh found playing terrorist “challenging” in ‘Neerja’


His role as one of the terrorists in Ram Madhvani’s ‘Neerja’ (2016) has earned him great applause, however actor Jim Sarbh has expressed that it was one of the hardest things he has ever had to put himself through.

Talking to the media about the character and how he had to deal with his frame of mind,��NDTV reported Sarbh expressing, “Khalil was short tempered and so I had begun behaving like him on the sets. I used to sometimes yell at the assistant directors if my costume was not ready on time. I was saying things in the way I usually don’t, but in the way Khalil would’ve said it. The character was challenging and it got on my nerves.”

Originally an actor and director of theatre productions, Sarbh has made a brilliant debut in film acting. However, this has been a result of a very strange character process. “I was in a bad mood because Khalil is always angry. So, while shooting for the film, I went into isolation. I didn’t interact with people and had no social life. But once I was done with the character, I could wash Khalil off my face,” the actor��explained.

He went on to add, “There was no particular brief to play the character. It was all in the script. Khalil is the most volatile one and questions the motives of his boss. He doesn’t like to be told anything. He had to be messed up. And unpredictability is the friend of terror.”

Sarbh has already got his next film in the pipeline. ‘A Death in the Gunj’ will be directed by Konkona Sen Sharma and will also star Kalki Koechlin.

Talking about this next venture Sarbh revealed, “The movie is coming out well. I can’t define the character, but let’s say that if it’s biryani, then I am neither meat nor rice. I am the flavour.”

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