Mrunal Jain: I’m sure of my potential
ON DAYS that Mrunal Jain thought of giving up, he promised himself to keep trying and it has served him well in his career.
The acclaimed actor has shown off his impressive range on top TV serials like Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki, Uttaran and Nagarjuna – Ek Yoddha.
He is also the brains behind a popular tennis league and will next be seen in big budget Bollywood blockbuster Sooryavanshi. The outsider with no industry connections admits to having had struggles, but ultimately sees his journey as a fulfilling one that has enabled him to evolve as a performer and was happy to discuss it with Eastern Eye.
He also spoke about Bollywood film Sooryavanshi, lockdown life lessons and his future hopes.
Which of your roles gave you the greatest joy?
Sameer Diwan, a negative role I played in Hitler Didi, and Akash Chatterjee, the good soul in Uttaran, are two characters that I loved portraying on-screen.
What was it like working in a big Bollywood film such as Sooryavanshi?
It was a good experience collaborating with (director) Rohit Shetty and of course Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar. When you work on a big canvas project like this, you feel highly motivated. The environment was professional on set. I am expecting that Sooryavanshi will help me get more substantial work in the industry. I am eagerly waiting for its release. The makers are waiting for the pandemic situation to get better so that Sooryavanshi can have a theatrical release.
Did you feel any kind of pressure while being a part of such a huge blockbuster film?
It was a positive pressure that encouraged me to give my best. I enjoy working in such an environment that only pushes you to do better because there is no room for mistakes.
Sooryavanshi is not the first time you are portraying an antagonist. So, how do you approach such roles?
I am a spontaneous actor. I understand the character sketch, imbibe and act accordingly. Portraying negative roles is quite satisfying for any actor. We all have both positive and negative traits, and this balance of good and bad makes us real. So, when you portray reality on screen, the line between real and reel blurs, and you can’t afford to miss the mark.
What is your career plan?
Once an actor, always an actor. I am greedy for good roles, be it films, OTT or television. The role should have substance and make a difference too.
Do you have a dream role?
My dream role is to play an army officer in an action film. I also want to be part of a reality show like Khatron Ke Khiladi, which would challenge me.
What do you enjoy watching as an audience?
I enjoy watching comedies, as well as Hollywood films. I like watching Akshay Kumar films like Garam Masala, Holiday, Airlift or Kesari. I am a fan.
What is it that inspires you as an actor?
The ability to play different characters at different times inspires me as an actor. Also, the appreciation of fans and loved ones motivates me. Acting is like oxygen to me, I want to continue working till my last breath.
What’s the greatest life lesson the pandemic and lockdown have taught you?
I have learned to be more patient, to differentiate between what is important and what is not. People who used to connect only for time pass or because they wanted something have stopped staying in touch. I have also realised that life is all about loving your family. I know what I want in life. I am focussed and it’s just a matter of time and opportunities. I am very sure of my potential.