From being an RJ, host and to a YouTuber, Sahil Khattar has tasted success in everything he did. His debut stint as an actor in Kabir Khan’s 83 would also surprise the audience. The actor plays the role of former Indian cricketer Syed Kirmani in this sports biopic. Happy to have bagged the role of the legendary wicket-keeper and the response the trailer has been getting, Sahil wants to do more as an actor.
Looking back, Sahil remembered how he feared a little when he bagged the part whether he would get recognition amongst so many characters in the film. “I wanted to debut in Hindi films with a film like Fukrey, which had three to four main characters. But ultimately, reprising Syed Kirmani’s character in 83 made me happy,” he continues, “I took up this character because I felt this is a very strong role, and once in a lifetime, you get such opportunities. It feels really special when fans and even the audience in general are appreciating me as Kirmani. Some even said that I look like my son.”
Sahil feels privileged to have spent time with the cricketer to get into the skin of character. “Kirmani sir gave me his precious time to inform me of various things connected to 83 and his mannerisms, etc. He would always pick up my phone calls and answer all my queries. While in Mumbai, we met for a day or two, and he updated me on everything about himself. This film is a sort of acting training for me. Kabir Khan has done a wonderful job,” he adds.
Sahil says this film, unlike any other, is all about the team given the story. “It is teamwork and having positive chemistry in real life that got translated on camera. I am sure that audiences will be inspired by this film and our on screen chemistry. It has emotional moments where you will laugh and cry at the same time,” he reveals.
While Sahil is sporting a bald look in the film, not many know that he is naturally turning bald in real life. So, does he have any inhibitions about it?
“I knew why I was turning bald. My father has always advised me to turn my weaknesses into my strengths. I follow his advice religiously. If my hair hadn’t been on the decline, then I probably would not have been doing Kirmani sir’s wonderful character. This look has enabled me to stand alone amongst others. I enjoyed doing this role. Yes, sometimes I do ponder over this look, but instantly I think about Sachin Tendulkar – what if his height was questioned? How could we have got such a brilliant cricketer? I am of the opinion that whatever circumstances you are in, you need to face it, fight it out to the best of your abilities and come out with flying colors,” he says.