Mumbai: Riteish Deshmukh campaigned for the Congress during the last assembly elections in Maharashtra in which his father Vilasrao Deshmukh and brother Amit contested. Though the party he supported might have emerged in flying colours, it is still not a big temptation for the actor to enter politics.
He said, “I can never see myself be a politician. I came out and even campaigned for my brother and I’m very happy the way the party has fared. But I don’t think I will join politics ever. I don’t think I have it in me to do the kind of work my dad or my brother does. I’m happy being an actor. Cinema has been my passion and not politics though I might be hailing from a very politically conscious family.”
The actor, who has found good success with comedies, admits that he has been typecast by the industry. “I don’t think the audience typecasts you. I think it is the industry and the media that does it and I definitely have been typecast as a comic actor just because all such films of mine have done really well,” he said.
Riteish added, “Once an actor finds a hit with a genre, people want to see him in more of that. It happens to every actor and it becomes that person’s niche. I feel as an actor one needs to break the mould and I’m doing films like Rann, Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai! and Sujoy Ghosh’s movie with Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt to show everyone how I can handle different genres. I don’t really think stereotyping is bad as it shows that you specialise in something, but you can’t be living like that all through your career.”
The actor revealed to us that he is dying to do a dark film as it is the only genre that he has still not tested his acting skills in and adds that his next movie will appeal to people of all age groups.
“Just like Spiderman and Harry Potter appeals to one and all, our movie too, I’m hoping will be widely accepted as the plot of the original has been deconstructed by Sujoy and the treatment is very new. It’s not similar to the Arabian Nights story at all,” he said.