I want to compete at some stage: Amit Sadh

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 6:35am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Amit Sadh, who fractured his ankle recently, talks about training for international cycling competitions

Kai Poche actor Amit Sadh broke his ankle on the sets of his next film Guddu Rangeela in March this year and was even operated for it. The setback hasn't crushed his indomitable spirit, however, as the actor plans to go to London later this year to train to compete in international cycling competitions. He owns six cycles at home.

Few people know that you are a professional cyclist.
I have always been very good at cycling since college and state levels but then I became an actor. My injury set me back but I am determined to continue with my cycling which I enjoy. I was invited to participate in a cycling exhibition (not at the competitive level) in Sussex and north Yorkshire in June this year but I can't attend that now. But once my leg heals completely I plan to go to London for a few days in September and trainer to train me for six weeks so I can compete at the international cycling races next year. I want to compete at some stage as it's been my dream as a teenager. I think India as a country should have the correct environment to encourage cycling as it's a great sport.

Are you shattered that you couldn't participate this year?
Temporary setbacks are a part of and parcel of life. I certainly would like to stay away from mishaps but if they happen you have to live with it. I am never shattered by anything because I am never desperate for anything. I have the right amount of enthusiam and exuberance for me to keep on walking. If there's something which stops me I will stop, get better and keep on walking. This is just a small interval break.

How did you fracture your leg? Which leg?
I was shooting in Shimla and had to slide down a staircase in a mall. Even though I am very fit, while sliding down the railing, I slipped and landed awkwardsly on my right foot. They immediately rushed me to the hospital and I was operated by Dr Ashish Jain at the Ambani Hospital in Mumbai within 24 hours. Everything was arranged by production and director Subhash Kapoor. The cast including Arshad Warsi, and crew have been very supportive. I was home for two months and shot again day before in Wai for the first time since my fracture. I can walk but with a slight limp. Subhash calls to check every day to ask how I am. Nobody cares in Bollywood but everyone here has been very kind to me.

What about your other directors?
I was scared that my producers would drop me after my fracture. I signed a film with Tigmanshu Dhulia after 10 years of wanting to work with him. I called him to say that I had fractured my ankle and if he wanted he could drop me. I thought he would kick me out he rebuked me saying not to be silly and he would wait for me. Tigmanshu is a darling and I was almost in tears when he said that. It's been my dream of working with him for 10 years...

Post Kai Poche you have kept a low key profile.
I prefer to stay away from parties and events. I am not the kind of person to shout from the rooftops talking about myself. I would rather let my work speak for itself when my film releases. Now when my next film Runningshaadi.com will release in July I will do whatever my producer wants me to do. As an actor I would rather be neckdeep in preparation and in becoming the character than partying or being snapped.

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