I never read scripts before reaching sets: Sanjai Mishra | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi
Mar 21, 2014 12:07 PM IST

Unlike most theatre artists, Sanjai prefers Bollywood over theatre. "Theatre has its limitations. Cinema has a far better reach," says the actor whose Ankhon Dekhi hits theatres on Friday. But no leading man roles for him for obvious reasons.

Sanjai Mishra plays the lead in

Ankhon Dekhi, which is set to hit theatres on Friday.

The actor, who has made a mark in Hindi films (Sanjai says he does not like the word Bollywood) as a comedian, claims he never reads the script or prepares for his role in advance. "I simply give myself to what my director demands," he says in an interview with

says, "I once read a script thrice before going to the sets and had my own perception of the character and the film. When I reached the sets, I realised it was nowhere near the director's concept. I then decided never to read the scripts beforehand."

Mishra has had a long affair with acting -- he enrolled with the National School of Drama after completing his schooling and has been working in movies and TV shows ever since. However, unlike most theatre artists, he prefers films over theatre. "Theatre has its limitations. Cinema has a far better reach. I am not at all a theatre person," says the actor.

Sanjai Mishra says people still recognise him as Babli Bhai, his character from Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor-starrer Golmaal and address him as, "Dhondu, just chill!" And, he is happy playing the roles he does. The actor says that he always was 'old' and never wanted to play the typical hero. "Ask a heroine who is ready to act opposite me," he adds with a smile.

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Mishra will be seen in Rajat Kapoor's

where he plays the central character Bauji. Talking about the role, he says, "This could be anyone's father who is done with his share of duties for the family and decides to live life as he wants. Bauji wants to believe in things that he has seen. That's where he differs from any other dad."

When asked about his wishlist for directors, Sanjai says that

was on the top of the list. "Rajkumar Hirani and Tigmanshu Dhulia are other filmmakers I wanted to work with, and I have worked with them. Even Irrfan has directed me for a TV show, I don't think there's much left for a wishlist," he added.

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    Sweta Kaushal has 13 years of experience covering Bollywood and regional movies, TV shows, national current affairs and social issues.

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