Mumbai: Sahil Khattar has been a successful RJ, host and YouTuber before he gave acting a try. His debut film, Kabir Khan’s 83 has done well and got him noticed. He played the role of cricketer Syed Kirmani in the sports drama. Sahil also made his OTT debut in 200 Halla Ho starring Amol Palekar.
“My experience of working in 200 Halla Ho, my debut OTT project, has been amazing. It was surreal to say it in one word. To play one of the deadliest serial killers and to actually be able to break so many stereotypes that ‘oh he is a funny guy, he is a YouTuber, don’t think he is going to be a great actor’ and getting 8/10 reviews made me content. I would not have asked for more,” says Sahil Khattar, who plays the role of Akku Yadav in the Zee5 crime thriller.
Sahil believes the OTT boom is here to stay. “The kind of content and concepts coming up on OTT is becoming a rage. People who have just delivered one web series as a hit, their careers are made. Earlier, it used to happen when one has worked on big films but now we can only imagine what kind of penetration OTT has achieved. OTT is not going to eat into any other industries be it TV, radio or big screen. All four of them will co-exist,” he adds.
Sahil Khattar says the world of OTT has exposed the audience to global content. He also enjoys all kinds of genres. “Succession Season 3 is one of the best family dramas ever. It has won so many awards. Ishq is a beautiful Malayalam film that I loved watching. There is a film called All the Freckles in the World. It is about a boy who puts up a football team together. It is a nice film,” he shares his latest watch list on OTT.
Sahil’s film 83 will soon be released on OTT. “Omicron spoiled our party and it will make our after party awesome as people who couldn’t go and watch the film in theatres. But they can now watch it at the comfort of their homes. I am proud to be a part of this film. Thanks to Kabir Khan and Ranveer Singh for making me a part of this journey,” he reveals.
Looking back at his journey, the YouTuber, RJ, host and actor recalls the time when he came to Mumbai for the first time. He didn’t care whether he was working in film, radio or digital. He was open to everything and slowly found his plan.
“I have always followed the trial and error method. My final goal is to write, produce and act, like Adam Sandler or Farhan Akhtar. I have previously written for a few TV shows, events, digital shows. Now, I am trying my hand at fiction writing,” he says.
Every day was a struggle, when Sahil started off. He lived in a chawl and there were days when he didn’t even know where his next meal was coming from.
“There were many rejections, but I still worked on my credibility and reached where I am today,” he says. Sahil even had insecurity about his look. But today, he says, people are warming up to the idea of bald actors as leads in India. “I’m playing the protagonist in a few projects, so I’m very happy… It’s the high of being an actor that keeps me motivated,” says Sahil.