Do not feel demented if you are not familiar with the name, Mohammad Samad, just yet. In case you missed Sohum Shah's thriller, Tumbbad then you can still witness the finesse of child actor Samad's acting in Netflix's web-series, Selection Day.
18-year-old Indian actor became famous for his role in debutant Rahi Anil Barve's period horror movie, Tumbbad in which he played the role of a teenager and also, a dying grandmother. 12th Standard student Samad have also worked in other projects including Nawazuddin Siddqui's Haraamkhor.
Selection Day actor won a lot of critical appreciation for his bold performance and on-screen presence. You will be completely surprised to know that Samad is the only actor in his joint-family that lives in Roorkee, Uttrakhand. Where other teenagers are dealing with puberty and studies, our boy is busy managing time between Mumbai and Roorkie. There is no doubt about the fact that Samad will soon become a celebrated actor of the Bollywood industry.
Born on 7th May 2000, Samad is one of seven members of a joint family including his elder sibling, businessman father, mother, uncle, aunt and grandmother, who live in Roorkee, Uttrakhand. Mohammad, who calls himself a "lucky accidental actor” began acting at the age of 11-years when he got selected for Shravan Kumar's Gattu.
“My father wanted ‘safe’ career options for me. And Mumbai is very far. But my mother and grandmother convinced him. They are my biggest supporters," said Gattu actor while talking about his loving family.
Was acting always on his mind? “Actually no. Main dekhta tha filmein, but never had aspirations to act. It was all a matter of luck. I was selected out of 200 kids after some workshops, when the team of Gattu, directed by Rajan Khosa, came to conduct auditions in my school. Sab chance ki baat thi,” said the 18-year-old Indian actor.
Talking about his first-gig, Mohammad revealed, “The final scene, which I think clinched the role for me, was done off camera. I had to search for my lost goat, and cry. It’s only after shooting for Gattu, that I actually thought, yeh main kar sakta hun.”
While sharing his experience of working in Sohum Shah's Tumbbad, Samad said: “I, till date, don’t really know why they asked me. It was a difficult shoot, especially the ones inside the ‘womb’, where even breathing seemed like a task. When I saw myself on screen, I felt a hint of pride. I felt good that I was able to pull those roles off. I was very young and inexperienced when we shot the film.”
Samad who is currently preparing for the shoots of second season of Netflix Original series, Selection Day added that the shoots are much more fun as it is related to a sport. Samad said, “Selection Day shoots are a lot more fun. It’s a different vibe all together when you are working with people your age, as opposed to working with an adult team. You can’t really talk to adults. But it’s not easy – I am not athletic, I had to practice cricket for hours for five months, build my stamina and also work on my physique. I also got to meet Sachin Tendulkar on the sets. I had previously worked with Rajesh sir (Tailang), in a short film, so we were pretty comfortable."
Millions of people dream about becoming an actor but unfortunately end up roaming the streets of Mumbai where Samad was blessed with the right support and knowledge. Talking about the same, Mohammad said: “I haven’t struggled much. I was represented by good agents and managers. I have met other young actors who are struggling and have asked me to help them find work. I am blessed and very grateful.”
When asked about whether his lifestyle has changed or not, 18-year-old actor said: “I have heard stories of people getting rich, even as children and young actors. My lifestyle is still the same. I do the same chores around the house, fetch anda-bread-milk for my mother when she asks me to."
The best part is that Samad has complete support from his family for pursuing his dream of becoming a lead actor. Talking about his future plans, he said: "I don’t want to become a Khan, but I want to work with them for sure. And yes, I am being slightly selective. I am not saying yes to everything. I am not even doing advertisements.”
On a related note, Samad will be next seen in the second season of Netflix Original web-series Selection Day in which he plays the role of an aspiring cricketer, Manju Kumar.
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