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‘The Bombay Journey’ Ep 21: Jim Sarbh On His Theatre Days And The Process Of Bringing A Character To Life



We might have seen very less of Bollywood actor Jim Sarbh but every role is equally memorable, leaving a lasting impression in the minds of the viewers. Be it his debut, playing the antagonist in Ram Madhvani’s biographical drama Neerja or going further in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat, the actor knows how to take grey and turn it into craft worth raving about. With the kind of performances and appearances, it is easy to conjure up an image and persona in the mind. But let me tell you, he is everything but you think him to be. With the exception of a self-aware actor who brings a character to life like no other.

But how can we make such sweeping statements? It is because we caught up with the intelligent actor for another episode of The Bombay Journey and it was a breeze! From reminiscing about his theatre days to talking about the evolution of a character, Sarbh reveals more than one bargained for. He can take a joke, laugh at himself and everything in between. It began with him talking about his backstage ritual that scared everyone around; he revealed that he would go for a job before a show and feel the blood flowing through his body. Going from being internal to completely external, now that’s some way to get the creative juices flowing. Not just that, he also opened up about his process and how he likes to be prepared before doing a scene unlike many of his contemporaries who just like to wing it.

The conversation involved a Bombay talk as well where the actor opened up about his experience living in arguably the most lively city. He recognizes the pulsing and racing spirit of Bombay and appreciates it for its energy. In fact, he doesn’t need to go anywhere else to find some solace and respite from the hustle. It is his abode, with a furry friend…it does the needful. So, is he Bombaiya street food? Not really but there is something tempting about dosas and frankies and spicy samosas. Catch all that and more in the candid video below:

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Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India



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