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‘Situations are now villains in films’
Debarati Palit Singh | Wednesday, 15 February 2017 AT 09:57 AM IST
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Freddy Daruwala, who is playing a pivotal character in Commando 2 talks about preparing for his role, and why he doesn’t mind being typecast as a baddie.

Freddy Daruwala has collaborated with producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah for the third time. The actor made his acting debut in Holiday: A soldier is never off Duty, followed by a cameo in Force 2 and will now be seen in Commando 2 which is set to release on March 3.

“I enjoy working with Vipul,” he says during the promotion of the film. “He had offered me a five-film contract, all in leading roles. Holiday was first on the list and this is the second one. I did Force 2 because of the relationship and respect that I share with him. He trusts me and has faith in me in spite of the fact that I had no film connection. He is a mentor, family and friend,” says Freddy, adding, “Our connection goes a long way.”

A sequel to the 2013 film Commando 2 stars Vidyut Jamwal, Adah Sharma, Esha Gupta, and Adil Hussain among others. Freddy says that it’s ahead of its time. “There are more characters in the film with younger touch. There are new additions to the cast. The story is different and the level of action is much higher,” he says.

The actor plays the role of DCP Bakhtawar Khan and Freddy says that people want to know if the character is positive or negative.

“But there’s lot of ambiguity about the character. No one will be able to tell if he is good or bad,” he says. To prepare for the role, Freddy spent almost a week with real cops in Delhi to learn more about the way they operate, their body language and mannerisms.”

He says more than the action, he tried to understand the psychology behind DCP Khan. “A major part of my preparation included knowing his back story – why did he do what he did and how much he is like that?” he says.

The film is director Deven Bhojwani’s debut in Bollywood. He is an established director and actor from television. Freddy says that Deven is everything in real life that he is on screen.

“Even as an actor, he has never restricted himself. There is no denying that he is a great actor.
Though he has mastered comedy, while directing the film he knew his job. He has brought various elements to the film.”   

While the  industry as well as fans look up to Freddy as a villain, he has no qualms about being the bad guy. “I like seeing myself as the tough villain. Even if they typecast me as baddie, it’s good because at least they remember me, and that matters,” says the actor who received huge appreciation as the villian in Holiday.

He says that there are no villains in Bollywood today because nobody is planning those characters.

“Where are the hardcore villains? I guess this is happening because the scenario has changed. Films have stopped being about the hero and the villain. Today, people enjoy love stories more and situations are the villains in films because stories are becoming realistic,” says the actor who will also be seen in Umeed which will start making rounds of international film festivals soon.

The writer can be followed on twitter @DebaratiPalitSi

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