Jim Sarbh: “I am being offered largely villainous parts”

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor



Last year the world was introduced to Jim Sarbh after he found success on screen as a terrorist in ‘Neerja’ (2016). He has now spoken about the film offers coming his way.

The Parsi actor, who is a regular in the English theatre scene in Mumbai, admits, according to Deccan Chronicle, “Now when I say something, producers listen. When you are not successful, nobody listens to you.”

However, playing the terrorist in ‘Neerja’ has been somewhat problematic as Sarbh elaborates. “First, I am being offered largely villainous parts. And strangely, or maybe not so strangely, a lot of the roles that I am offered are of Muslim characters, perhaps because I looked a certain way in Neerja. But I am actually Parsi.”

Sarbh gets to play a Parsi in Raj Kumar Hirani’s biopic on Sanjay Dutt. But before that, he has pivotal parts in Dinesh Vijeyan’s ‘Raabta’ and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’.. Sarbh says, “In Raabta I’ve two personalities to project and yes, there are distinct shades of grey. As for Padmavati, I can’t really say much about my role except that I am again a Muslim character and I am learning horse-riding for the film.”

The rising star is also upskilling in other aspects of his life including learning how to drive for a web series. “I travel by auto and I find driving a waste of time. But now that I am doing movies, I find myself learning new skills. I’ve been doing theatre for years but film acting has broadened my horizon,” he states. About the web series, Sarbh reveals that he is all set to do a 12-episode series for Ayush Raina titled ‘Smoke.’ On the series he comments, “It is set in Goa and is an exciting story, that’s all I can say right now.”

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