Vineet Kumar Singh is truly proving to be one of the most versatile talents in the entertainment industry.
The actor has played many layered and nuanced characters through the course of his career; and now takes on the role of ‘Haroon Shah Ali Baig’ aka ‘Rangbaaz 3’s Saheb, in the series filled with drama, politics, corruption, crime and power-games.
Stepping into the role of Haroon Shah Ali Baig (also known as Saheb), the series charts his rise from a small town in Bihar to becoming one of the most powerful and influential men.
The actor brings both power and stature to this character with shades of grey and has audiences excited with this new grimacing avatar.
In an exclusive interaction with UNI, Vineet talked on how OTT has given him international recognition, one trait he takes back from ‘Saheb’, his journey and a lot more.
On how OTT is treating him, Vineet said, “there are many experiments, many work— so technicians, writers, directors, actors, everyone is busy. Different kind of experiments are going on. And these experiments are good also. Your work is reaching to a wide range of people.”
“When ‘Rangbaaz’ came, I was not imagining these kind of things. I got call from Australia, UK, Mauritius, Singapore, from several countries. I thought my film has never released like this internationally. I always used to think that when I visit other countries, people should recognise me. So that is happening with the help of OTT,” the 37-year-old actor said.
Vineet said that there were four factors which made him said yes to ‘Rangbaaz: Darr Ki Rajneeti’.
“Firstly producer Ajay Rai. I have done ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and ‘Mukkabaaz’ with him. He is my lucky charm. Secondly Navdeep Singh, the show runner. I always wanted to work with him, and this was the best chance. Thirdly, ‘Rangbaaz’ is a hit show in itself. The earlier two seasons were given much love and appreciation from the audience. Fourthly, the script was written in a very good manner. The character was brilliant for me. So these four things are something which we find very less. And I did it,” he said.
The ‘Gold’ actor also said that the show is not a biopic, but is inspired by true events.
On how he got into the skin of ‘Saheb’, Vineet said, “whenever you start working on any character, then you research many aspects of it. I talk to the director, the show runner, read the script many times. Then my character Haroon Shah Ali Baig—keeping that in mind, I saw the interviews and the journey of such people, who were earlier gangster then turned politician, tried to understand them.”
“I went into the thought process of my character like what he thinks, how his mind functions, I try to understand that. Then approaching a scene becomes easy for me. Then I think about external factors— to play the 37-50 yrs of age, I had gained some weight,” he said.
One thing he takes back from ‘Saheb’, Vineet said, “every character that you play will give you something and will also take something from you. Haroon Shah Ali Baig is such a character— that there is a storm going inside his mind, but there is no reflection of it on his face. Seeing his face you won’t even realise that there is a big thing happened or is going to happen, and he will be sitting calmly and peacefully. So this is what I want to take back from him. Because in real life if anything happens, it gets reflected on my face. As an actor, I get benefitted from that, but in personal life it’s a loss for me.”
Whether it’s a conscious decision that he chooses off-beat roles, the ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ actor said, “I will do massy roles. I have grown up seeing such big entertaining characters only. I want to do romantic, action movies. Many projects are there in pipeline after ‘Rangbaaz’.”
“Because audience have not seen these characteristics of my personality, so people think I only do such unconventional roles only. Before ‘Mukkabaaz’ I didn’t had choices, but now I have options. Many things have changed for me after ‘Mukkabaaz’. I want to do much better roles,” he said.
A medical practitioner, Vineet got his first role in Sanjay Dutt’s ‘Pitaah’ in 2002. He got his first big break in 2012 with Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’.
Talking about his journey so far, Vineet said, “ ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ gave me my identity as an actor, which took 12 years. Then second milestone was ‘Mukkabaaz’, that happened in 2018. So it was not easy. But the entire journey has made me very strong.”
He also revealed that he wants to work with Raj Kumar Hirani and explore comic roles.
The marquee gangster drama ‘Rangbaaz: Darr Ki Rajneeti’ stars Vineet, Aakanksha Singh, Rajesh Tailang, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Prashant Narayanan, Vijay Maurya, Sudhanva Deshpande, Soham Majumdar and Ashok Pathak among others.
Directed by Sachin Pathak and written by Siddharth Mishra, ‘Rangbaaz: Darr Ki Rajneeti’ is streaming on ZEE5.