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Anup Soni says after Crime Patrol, people feel he can help them with police work

In an extended career, actor Anup Soni has dabbled in a lot of codecs. He began with theatre, moved to performing in movies and TV, and later discovered extra fame anchoring crime present Crime Patrol. The actor lately discovered a brand new problem when he hosted a podcast, realising that now he solely had his voice to work with. In a chat with Hindustan Times, Anup speaks about his expertise with the podcast, his performing career, and his affiliation with Crime Patrol. Also learn: Anup Soni reveals that he needed to depart just a few initiatives in 2021 because of the pandemic

Anup’s newest project is a podcast known as The Unsung Heroes for Rainshine Entertainment. The actor narrates inspirational journeys of 20 Indians achievers. Talking about what drew him to it, he says, “We say people have become self-centred. They care about them and their loved ones. But that feeling of empathy was going out of fashion. These stories are of people who helped others without any expectation. These stories should reach people.”

While he agrees that doing an audio-only project was uncommon, Anup says he drew on his theatre expertise there. He says, “In this case, my beginning from theatre was kind of a helping hand for me. I come from National School of Drama so that has been my base. Theatre is different because there are no close-ups. So you are used to a certain level of performance because you need to reach out to the person sitting in the last row. Over the years, you know the medium, you have understood it. You know that in this particular medium, your face is not seen, you have to express everything through your voice.”

Having seen all these varied types and codecs of efficiency, Anup says it’s performing that provides him probably the most pleasure and inventive satisfaction. He shares, “Acting is something that gives me the utmost satisfaction. Today, actors open restaurants, businesses, invest somewhere. I can do all that. I do want to open a café. But if I just open a café, my life is not going to be happy. Acting has to be part of my life. If I don’t act, I’m not happy. If I perform a scene well some day, when I come back home, it is celebration time for me. It gives me utmost happiness.”

But again within the early 90s, Anup was finding out to be a lawyer. He even did LLB for just a few years earlier than dropping out and becoming a member of the National School of Drama. Anup shares that being part of a reputed ‘government-recognised’ institute made it simpler for him to persuade his dad and mom. “That way it was easier for me to tell my parents when I was leaving LLB midway. I could easily convince them that it is a graduate course, recognized by the Government of India. And so many NSD graduates went on to work in Doordarshan, the Culture Ministry or state cultural departments. They are on high government posts. I told them even if I flop as an actor, I’ll get a government job.”

Anup's role in the popular TV show Balika Vadhu was appreciated by fans.
Anup’s position within the common TV present Balika Vadhu was appreciated by followers.

Over the years, with movies after which the superhit present Balika Vadhu, Anup cultivated a picture of an upright particular person. He acquired comparable roles as properly. Talking about his ‘clean’ on-screen picture, he says, “That was never a deliberate attempt. I feel you have a personality and some roles suit that. It’s a visual medium. Whenever, casting is done, your physical outlook definitely plays a role. This man looks the part. Of course, when you are an actor, you want to do everything. But it’s not just with me. It’s with every actor. But you can explore more gradually.”

And discover he did. In 2010, he started internet hosting the true-crime present Crime Patrol, which was to turn out to be his identification in just a few years because the present grew to become a mega hit. He remembers, “Crime Patrol was an absolutely new platform for me. We never thought it would be a super-duper hit, and neither was that the plan. There was a concept, where Sony should get some credit for agreeing to do a show about gruesome crimes on an entertainment channel.” Today, there are even memes made on his traces from the present. Laughing in regards to the consideration, he says, “When we started, the purpose was to spread awareness and not gyaan. And that was my cue too that I shouldn’t come across as a know-it-all. So that was my effort, to be relatable and tell people I am one of you. This can happen to anyone–even you and me.”

However, there may be one factor that Crime Patrol has achieved, which Anup finds amusing. Many people consider that as a result of his position as a number on a criminal offense present, he should know actual cops and can help them with ‘police contacts’. Anup says with amusing, “People have this misconception that I know the entire police department. I get pleas for help all the time! I get so many emails from people. Now how do I explain to them that I am a common man like you. What I do is I retweet if someone tweets to me so that it reaches out to the right people. As an actor it does happen. When Arun Govil played Lord Ram, people would touch his feet. This is nothing in comparison.”

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