Vipin Sharma

Vipin Sharma’s 15-Year Hiatus Before Taare Zameen Par, Rediscovering Identity And Returning To The Silver Screen

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Vipin Sharma, known for his remarkable performance as Nandkishore Awasthi in the critically acclaimed film Taare Zameen Par, took a bold step by quitting acting after working with renowned filmmakers like Shyam Benegal and Ketan Mehta. His decision to step away from the limelight lasted for almost 15 years, during which he explored other aspects of his creativity.

In a recent interview, Vipin shared his acting journey in Mumbai, stating, “I finished my acting studies at the National School of Drama in Delhi and then came to Mumbai with a strong desire to act in films. Initially, I worked with Shyam Babu (Benegal) in Bharat Ek Khoj and collaborated with Ketan (Mehta) sir on a few films and TV projects. However, I eventually took a break from acting for 15 years. While it surprises people now, I had my reasons for doing so. But after my return to acting, fate smiled upon me, and within three months, I landed the film Taare Zameen Par. Thus, I didn’t have to struggle to make a comeback.”

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Yet, the real struggle began after the success of Taare Zameen Par. Despite receiving numerous offers, Vipin remained selective with his projects, showcasing his talent in films such as Saheb Biwi aur Gangster, Paan Singh Tomar, Gangs of Wasseypur, Special 26, Raman Raghav 2.0, and notable web series like The Final Call, Paatal Lok, and The Family Man (season 2).

Reflecting on the challenges he faced, Vipin expressed, “My struggle started after the success of TZP because everyone wanted to cast me as an angry father, and I wanted to break that stereotype. As an actor, I aimed to demonstrate my versatility. That’s when the real struggle began. It was tough because turning down projects and finding distinct roles without disappointing filmmakers or friends was a delicate balancing act. I didn’t want to be typecast as a character actor. I am an artist who studied performance and craved experimentation.”

Vipin shared his reasons, stating, “I left acting because I became confused. I was involved in theatre, but my love for cinema grew stronger. I questioned my identity as an actor and felt that the type of theatre I was involved in wasn’t my true calling; I wanted to perform on the screen. I also aspired to make films but encountered challenges in that area. Feeling lost creatively, I embarked on a journey of self-discovery through extensive travel. It was during this period that I realized my true calling lay in performing in cinema. Gradually, I found my direction.”

Recently, Vipin appeared in two films- Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai, starring Manoj Bajpayee, and Tiku Weds Sheru, featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Vipin Sharma’s remarkable journey highlights the challenges he faced while striving to break free from stereotypes and pursue his creative aspirations. His commitment to exploring diverse roles and finding his true calling underscores the depth of his talent as an artist.

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