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‘Mine is an unusual role of a ‘cricket-mentor-guru’: Vijay Kadam’

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
By Raju Venekar

Veteran theatre, TV and film actor Vijay Kadam who is essaying the role of “Dronacharya” in Zee Yuva’s Marathi TV serial 'Zindagi Not Out', feels that artistes should accept challenges and should be prepared to play different typeS of roles to prove their mettle. He spoke exclusively to The Afternoon D&C. Excerpts:

Can you describe the role that you play in 'Zindagi Not Out' ?
I am essaying the role of a mentor-guru and an instructor of 21-year-old cricket enthusiast Sachin Desai, who is fired by ambition to make it big in cricket. A caring mother, a supporting father and a sister share his feelings. The family members help each other to encourage him.

So you are essaying the role like 'Dronacharya', Ramakant Achrekar, a Guru of cricket maestro Sachin, isn’t it?
 Yes, it is more or less similar to that.

After playing several comedy and serious roles, don’t you think this is an off- beat role for you?
I like this role, since it is a change for me. I am back on the small screen after many years. Earlier, I had played roles in quite a few TV serials including blockbluster 'Fu Bai Fu'.

Are you really interested in cricket ?
Of course. As much as possible, I try to watch all the cricket matches.

Does this daily soap have any message?
This serial has a lot to communicate to youngsters. It exposes them to plus and minus points of cricket and also explains to them how cricketers toil on the field for long hours. It also tels them the of sacrifices done by some of the greats, who reached dizzy heights in their career.

Do you interact with youngsters off-screen about this serial?
You will be surprised to know that in my society, even  children of age group 7-8 years watch this serial and pose several questions to me.

Do you remember any emotional incident in your career?
Once we had organised a function to felicitate veteran artist Laalan Sarang in Pune. She has been my mentor and supporter all throughout my career. In the function, when some of the speakers referred to my name, she inquired about me and when she was told that I was present back stage, she called me, chided me for hiding in the wing and eventually hugged me. Both of us were in tears. The incident touched me very much. It was an appreciation of my work by a veteran artist.

What about your future projects?
A couple of films are in the pipeline. They include 'Family 420', a comedy family drama, produced by Dev Raaj, Rajesh Sharma and directed by Santosh Gaikwad and 'Truckbhar Swapna', a film produced by Nitin Desai and directed by Pramod Pawar.

You have a sizeable number of multi-lingual plays, dramas and films in your kitty, including 'Aamhi Doghe Raja Rani' (1986), 'Irasaal Karti' (1987), 'Tere Mere Sapne' (1996) and 'Bollywood Hero' (2009). How do you look back at your journey so far?
Whatever work done always leaves lingering memories. But, my role as 'Balya' in Marathi movie 'Amhi Doghe Raja Rani' and the play 'Vichcha Majhi Puri Kara' directed by me, I will always remember.

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