After having to turn down a Hollywood film and an American TV series, Ronit Roy will now work on his first international project, The Field. An Indo Hollywood production, it features Vineet Singh and Radhika Apte.
Speaking to us from the sets of his film Saat Kadam, Ronit said, “I play an elder brother in The Field. It’s a motley crew including Indian, British and American actors. I begin shooting in April. I can’t say much about the film right now, except that it is a period film portraying old Delhi and is being directed by an Indian director, Rohit Batra. But it has a very international flavour.”
This may mark his Hollywood debut, but it’s not the first Hollywood project offered to Ronit. He earlier had to turn down an opportunity to play a part in action thriller Zero Dark Thirty and US television series Homeland — a decision he wished he didn’t have to make.
“I regret not taking up both. In fact Sehar, who cast me in The Field, had cast me for Homeland too but I couldn’t do it because of bad timing. I was shooting for Guddu Rangeela in Wai and Adalat was on air with no episode bank. As for Zero Dark Thirty, Dharma had my dates for Student Of The Year, which they didn’t use finally. So I was left high and dry, sitting at home, doing nothing.”
“Having said that,” he continues, “When I watched Zero Dark Thirty and saw the actor in it, I kind of thought that may be it’s for the best that I didn’t do it. In retrospect, I was not ready and wouldn’t have been able to justify that role as well as he did.”...