You are a known name in Pollywood, Tellywood, Bollywood and Tollywood. Which one is your favourite and why?
I started my career with television, so it will always remain close to my heart. As of now, I am working in all the languages—Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil.
Now, I have shifted to Hyderabad as I have signed couple of Telugu projects.
What are the criteria you follow to sign a film?
For me, good content comes first. Next comes the director and followed by the name of the production house.
What encourages you to take up a role?
If the script is not challenging enough then I won’t accept it. As simple as that.
What is next on your wish-list?
As I have told time and again that I am a greedy actor who wants to explore as much as possible. And my wish-list is endless but I want to do something like Jab We Met directed by Imtiaz Ali.
You have received an award for your debut Punjabi film Channa Mereya. How important is the appreciation from within the industry?
It is very necessary. Appreciation makes me feel good about what I do. It makes me feel better about myself and motivates me to perform better.
Is it tough to be yourself in the industry?
The film industry is notoriously hard to get started in and, of course, it was quite challenging for me initially. But I worked really hard to reach here. I used to give 7-8 auditions in a day. But today I am really grateful to my parents and God.
How important is Pollywood to you?
Pollywood is life. Punjabi is my mother tongue, so it is really close to my heart. I started my movie career with a Punjabi movie Channa Mereya directed by director Pankaj Batra.
Which film is close to your heart and why?
Channa Mereya is still my favourite one, as it was my first movie.
What has been your biggest learning from Pollywood?
I really believe in one thing that you are never too old or never too experienced to learn something new. So, I learn something or the other from my every movie.
What is the philosophy you live by?
Take a break from your seriousness. You are like a speck of dust in this existence, tomorrow morning if you disappear, nobody is going to miss you. Maybe a handful of people, but they will also forget soon enough!
What are your upcoming projects?
I have recently signed a Punjabi movie Rang Rata with Roshan Prince. Also, a web series called 3 Roses in Telugu language.
How is Payal Rajput in real life?
People think I am an extrovert but deep within I know I am an ambivert. But I am adventurous, fun loving, sociable and friendly. —Dharam Pal