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Shreyas Talpade: 'Wonder how some actors get signed by big banners despite giving back-to-back flops'

From playing a Chai-walla in Amitabh Bachchan's 'Aankhen' to taking the lead in 'Setters', Shreyas Talpade has come a long way in the film industry. Besides acting in Bollywood the star has also proved his versatility by donning the producer and director's hat for Marathi films. Known for his critically acclaimed role as a deaf and mute boy in Nagesh Kukunoor's 'Iqbal', the filmy Pappu Master in Shah Rukh Khan's 'Om Shanti Om' and even the comical Laxman in the 'Golmaal' series, Shreyas has created a niche for himself in the industry. Now, in a recent interview, Shreyas expressed that he wants to challenge his acting capabilities like the 2005 film 'Iqbal' and even called out the hypocrisy of Bollywood. He said, 'There’s much more to me and what I can do. After Iqbal, I got more involved in multi-starrers and comedies because 2006 onwards, this trend of multi-starrer comedies started happening. Golmaal Returns had worked at that point of time so we started doing back to back comedy films but personally I’m eagerly looking forward to a project or a film like 'Iqbaal' which will challenge my potential and give me the kind of artistic satisfaction that I want.' Furthermore, the actor said that he doesn't get how some actors get big banner films even after giving back-yo-back flops. He said, 'There are certain films of mine which bombed at the box office and there are certain films of certain actors which didn’t work but yet those actors keep getting work from big banners and you wonder how? My films bombed at the box office and certain people came and told me, ‘Yaar teri picture pit gayi toh agli picture ka price kum hoga.’ Then there are certain actors whose films bombed one after the other and yet you see them being signed by fantastic directors and you wonder why? This is the disparity which I don’t like. This is some kind of hypocrisy. Just say it in the face that you want that actor for something else and not for his performance. This is very unfair. You cannot have separate set of rules for certain people and separate rules for somebody else.' He also believes that OTT platforms are for talented artists as he said, 'OTT is not about whether or not you come from a film family, it’s about how talented you are. Today, Prateek Gandhi (Scam 1992) and Jaideep Ahlawat (Paatal Lok) are bigger stars. All said and done. Phenomenal actors like Manoj Bajpayee and Kay Kay Menon are finally getting their due.'

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