News|September 14, 2012 2:22 pm

Always wanted to be a director: Parvin Dabbas

For Parvin Dabbas, The camera is a natural companion. Sometimes, he faces it and sometimes he goes behind it. He has saddled the two worlds with a certain sense of clarity. From a model-turned-actor to directing a film, Parvin Dabbas has come a long way. Even as he waits for the release of his new film, ‘Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid’ he looks back at his acting career with fondness.

He says,

Looking back, I have really enjoyed being in the film industry. I didn’t come from an acting family. So, in that way growing up in a non-filmi family also has given me a perspective. I enjoy acting. I simply go by the saying that ‘If you love your job then you don’t have to work a day in your life.

The actor who has been known for his performances in films like Monsoon Wedding, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, Khosla ka Ghosla feels ,

The changes I have seen in the last decade in the film industry have been phenomenal. The scripts have become powerful and the audiences are more open to new stories and newer ways of telling a story. There is much more scope to experiment so far as filmmaking is concerned.

What made him choose Jalpari:The Desert Mermaid?

I like the story of Jalpari. In many ways, it’s a film that will appeal to both the children and the adults too. I liked the energy of Nilamadhab Panda who has shot into limelight as a young thinking director.

At a time when films like Bodyguard, Bol Bachchan and Singham are being talked about for the moolah they raked in at the box office, how does he see all the talk of the industry being driven by the magic figure of Rs 100 crore?

What’s wrong if a film makes money? If a film can generate more money at the box-office, I see it as a positive sign. And in a lighter vein, he adds, “Even as we talk about the industry raking in money, let’s not forget about the service tax which nobody is happy about. Even as we pay tax, we must also get back something (services) in return. Not getting back that definitely pinches.

He turned director with the film titled Sahi Dhande Galat Bande. Parvin says,

I have been always interested in donning the director’s hat. I look after the creative sides of our production house. We started it because we wanted to enjoy the creative liberty of telling the stories we believed in. This way, we were not at the mercy of some other people.

Parvin is also an accomplished photographer and has won many national and international awards for his work. So, does he see this an extension of his creative pursuits?

Doing photography has added a different perspective to my work as an actor. It also makes me a better human being and a better observant. Similarly scuba diving has enabled me to explore different cultures. I do take out time for couple of weeks in a year to pursue these interests.

he says.