Actor Sahil Mehta, who is best known for his role in television shows like ‘Suhani Si Ek Ladki’ and ‘Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki’, will next be seen in the film ‘Goodbye’ starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rashmika Mandanna, and Neena Gupta among others.
In an exclusive interaction with The Free Press Journal, Sahil shares his experience of working with seasoned actors in ‘Goodbye’, being directed by Vikas Bahl, and more.
Sahil, who essays the role of Angad in the film had tested thrice for the role. Revealing the reason behind the same he says, “I don’t think Vikas Sir liked the first two tests. I asked him if I could test again, and I suppose he let me because he felt I was a first-hand testament of the theme of his film, given my life history (laughs).”
Sahil’s role in the film may seem different than his previous works, but to him, this film is far more relatable than one can imagine. He explains, “I could relate to Angad from the word go. I lost both my parents at a very early age much like Angad. The virtue of gratitude comes very easily to somebody like me and that’s one of the biggest attributes of Angad, being an adopted child himself.”
Sharing his experience on being directed by Vikas Bahl, Sahil says, “Vikas Sir’s first instinct is to trust his actors. He lets you be until and unless you’re going completely off the radar. He’s an actor’s director. Nothing gets him more excited than if his actors can create further as a scene progresses. Being present in the moment and ‘Doing what you would actually do’ are key aspects in his direction towards his actors.”
On working with his co-stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rashmika Mandanna, and Neena Gupta, the actor states, “Rashmika is a chiller. We got along and how. Much like siblings actually. As for Mr. Bachchan, I doubt there’s an actor in Mumbai who hasn’t dreamt of sharing screen space with him. It’s surreal. Even after having shot for more than 30 days with him, it doesn’t feel real. I just got very lucky. On the other hand, Neena ji I love. My mom was a huge fan of hers. I remember watching her show ‘Saans’ with my mother as a kid. We could relate to it a lot as Neena ji played a single mother who tried raising her children on her own. Much like my mom did for me and my sister.”
Sahil, who forayed into the entertainment industry with television, followed by OTT and now films, is proud of his journey. On a parting note, he says, “Television gave me a shot when I had zero experience. It gave me a cushion big enough to try and make the shift to web/films. I wouldn’t have been able to wait for a film like ‘Goodbye’ to happen had it not been for all those years of television work. I’m very grateful.”