Character actors get more significant roles now: Narendra Jha

Mumbai, Oct 25 (IANS) Be it “Haider”, “Ghayal Returns”, “Hamaari Adhuri Kahani” or “Mohenjo Daro”, Narendra Jha has always managed to make his presence felt in films alongside main leads. The actor says changing style of Hindi cinema allows a character actor to play significant roles.

“The time has changed and now it is not about the length of the role but how crucial it is for the narration that defines the impact of any character. This is a good sign for character actors,” Narendra told IANS.

Starting his journey in Mumbai as a model, Narendra has not only worked with legends like Shyam Benegal, Vishal Bhawrdwaj but also new age directors like Abhinay Deo on upcoming “Force 2”.

He earned his fame with Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Haider” where he played Dr Meer Hilal. He also crooned for the 2014 film.

“Earlier I worked with Shyam Babu (Benegal) and when I got the chance to be associated with Vishal ji, I was more than happy! Working with actors like Tabu, Irfan Khan was such a delight. Singing is one of my hobbies that keeps me rooted and lets me stress free in a city like Mumbai. I am glad that people appreciates my performance,” he said.

His talent has been appreciated by audience and critics alike. Asked whether Bollywood has given him his due, Jha said, “As an actor if I am looking for constant validation and comparing my success with others, I will remain dissatisfied”.

“Rather, I am thankful to all filmmakers who have given me a chance to work with them. I always believed that genuine talent cannot be hidden — someone notices it. Same thing has happened to me, so I am content,” he said.

Sharing his experience of working with stars like Hrithik, Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham, the actor said: “All of them are very humble, down to earth and cooperative as co-actor. In fact, SRK (‘Raees’) is like a father figure on set, he takes care of everyone.”