Sumeet Vyas: I like realistic content

His acting stint in the web series Permanent Roomates became a head turner amongst his ardent followers. In an interaction with a leading Indian daily, Sumeet Vyas spoke on the lines of the pilot scene of Permanent Roomates. He said, “I tapped in the goofiness of every average man. Permanent Roommates worked because we were not telling a larger than life story, but something that was very slice of life. There is goofiness and chaos in romance. No one talks about the practical goof ups. When you are down on your knees and proposing to a girl, jeans gandi hoeygi yaar, ghootna bhi dard karega. And if you are trying to do this in a Mumbai building, there will be the kachrewaala as well, eavesdropping.”

Sumeet is all set for his upcoming release Ribbon wherein he is playing the role of a young professional handling his marriage, unforeseen pregnancy, work related stress and dwelling in Mumbai. “I like realistic content. I took Ribbon because the story had everything that we see around us — childbirth, pressures of society, EMIs and keeping the romance going. The film traces the life of a couple in a certain span of time and we, as actors, also evolve in the film,” said Vyas.

“Rakhee Sandilya, the director, is a documentary filmmaker and she brought this new method. She had the script and screenplay ready, but there were no set dialogues, they are largely improvised. She would give us — Kalki and me — a situation and make us react. In the promo — a scene where she tells me that she is pregnant, we tried five different variations. There was another instance where we are having this intense scene and Rakhee sent a guy over with tea, ‘ki chai aa gayi’. You react to it — you are always in character. The film was almost like a theatrical exercise for me,” added Vyas.

Talking about hooking up with acting while watching his father acting in a play, Vyas said, “Studies was also not my cup of tea. Out of a sense of revolt, I took science in Class XII with aspirations of becoming an engineer. But I sort of quit studying after Class XII. I worked with Nadira Babbar for six years, Manav Kaul, Aakarsh Khurana and Atul Kumar. I have also directed a few plays.”

Acting in TV shows gave him financial security, letting him to work in theatre. “I would work for eight-10 days, make money and then keep doing theatre. There was also this period of one-and-a-half years where I played the lead in a TV show, Palkon ki Chaon Main since everyone around me lamented that kya rakha hai theatre main, TV karo. I played the good guy — veg khata tha, aur veg sochta tha. A TV hero is the most boring character to play,” said the 34 year old actor.

On being introduced to The Viral Fever (TVF) by Kunal Khemu and associating with them for work, Vyas said, “They told me they are trying this new thing called webseries, and the shoot was supposed to last a week. I would be get paid Rs 25,000. It’s another story that the shoot went on for two months and I got some more money after the season finished.”

Permanent Roomates featured episodes of 20-30 minutes which was a new set-up during those days. “At that time no one had thought that viewers will sit and watch half an hour episodes on YouTube. The first season was shot on 1D and 5D cameras. Given the low budget, we shot in a godforsaken building in Mira Road (Mumbai), which had a lot of CID and Crime Patrol shoots. Uss flat ke har kone main ek khoon hua hai. The second season, given the phenomenal response of the first one, the budget got way bigger,” said Vyas.

Audience will get to see Sumeet Vyas in Veere Di Wedding as the love interest of Kareena Kapoor. The movie is scheduled to release in May, 2018.