Actor Luv Sinha recently turned his attention to politics, and unsuccessfully contested elections from the Bankipore Assembly seat, a part of the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency which sent his father, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, twice to Parliament. Luv, whose Bollywood career failed to take off after he debuted as the hero in the Hindi film Sadiyaan (2010), now has a line-up of films and web series on the OTT platform.
Excerpts from an interview:
Q What’s the latest on the Bollywood front?
I have committed to a web series produced by Nicky Bhagnani. It is a crime drama. I can’t disclose more details till an official announcement is made. I’m in talks for another film too, and an official announcement on that is in the offing as well.
Q What about your political journey?
I will be continuing my political journey as much as I can. Right now, I am only a member of a political party, but I will do my best in whatever way I can.
Q Are you still associated with the Congress party?
Yes, I am affiliated to the Congress party. I don’t believe that you should switch on the basis of an election result not going in your favour. My father was in the BJP for a very long time; he left only when he felt that the party had changed and the leadership changed. Every party has good and bad individuals, and for me the main goal in being affiliated with a party is to work for people. If someone is doing good for the people, I will support them.
Q Are you committed to doing your bit for the people despite losing the election?
As a family we have always been committed to doing whatever we can in Patna. Whenever there are natural calamities, we have always donated. But we don’t like to publicise our work on social media. I may do so in the future though. People ask us what we have done. Even my sister was trolled for donating to the PM Care Fund. It’s not our national duty to advertise what we do on social media. We just do things in a different way.
Q How much does trolling affect you?
Trolling does not bother me. People will always speak negatively. Negativity does not affect me because, at the end of the day, I have to continue doing my work. I think it’s best to ignore it. Most social media posts insult or abuse someone. There’s no point in responding to insults and abuse. Constructive feedback is always welcome.
Q How do you look at 2021?
I have a very strong feeling that in 2021 my career will move in the right direction and be better then what it’s been so far. I know what I’m capable of. It’s the right opportunity that will certify if you are capable or not.
QHow do you react to the opening of theatres?
I am thankful that the Government has stopped treating the industry as if it were separate from other industries. While restaurants were allowed to function and bars/malls were allowed to be open, theatres were not open. This was affecting distributors and producers/ exhibitors and affecting the livelihood of so many people. But I hope we as citizens are careful too, because one mistake can spread the virus.
Trolling does not bother me. Negativity does not affect me because at the end of the day, I have to continue doing my work. It’s best to ignore it. Most social media posts insult or abuse someone. There’s no point in responding to insults and abuse...