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Amit Sadh reveals he's a Banksy fan ahead of attending Dubai exhibition

The Bollywood actor will inaugurate 'Love Stories' in the city on January 16.


Enid Grace Parker

Published: Thu 14 Jan 2021, 5:33 PM

Last updated: Thu 14 Jan 2021, 5:45 PM

Did you know Bollywood actor Amit Sadh is an admirer of Banksy? The Sultan star revealed his passion for street art in an interview with City Times ahead of inaugurating the 'Love Stories' exhibition in Dubai on Saturday, January 16.

A collaboration of The Oberoi Dubai with Artezaar.com, the exhibition will showcase artworks from 18 child artists (aged 5-13) that build on the positive vibes of the Tree of Joy art exhibit and tell each child’s unique story of love. The paintings will be displayed at The Oberoi till February 10.

Sadh who has seen his career blossom even through the pandemic with OTT releases like Breathe: Into The Shadows and Avrodh: The Siege Within, believes one has a responsibility to “to encourage and inspire the next generation” when asked why he decided to support the ‘Love Stories’ exhibition. “If I can inspire even one child at the exhibition to pursue their dreams, then for me, it would be a success,” he said.

The 37-year-old actor who we first had the pleasure of interacting with when he visited the Khaleej Times office in 2013 to promote Kai Po Che, revealed that though art comes in many forms, he does have a favourite when it comes to paintings. “I am a huge Banksy fan. The way he goes about his work, the selflessness of this hero is incredible. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Bristol and see some of his original work, and also listen to stories about him from locals, about how he goes spraying buildings like youth centres, just so they can sell the piece and stay afloat. Very inspiring!”

Many stars have made their way to Dubai since the lockdown ended in India. Was he hesitant to travel during the pandemic?

“We have to start getting back to some level of normality - obviously in a safe manner as prescribed by scientists and health workers. The airlines have been great in keeping us safe, healthcare workers doing all the checks etc. One thing I’ve learned is that frontline and healthcare workers are the real superheroes in this world.”

On the work front the actor is looking forward to his next release Jeet Ki Zidd. Giving us a glimpse of the ZEE5 web series that releases on January 22, Sadh said, “It’s an inspiring story about a soldier who just NEVER GAVE UP, even after being shot in the abdomen during the Kargil War. Through his hard work, grit, determination and never giving up attitude, he gets through all the mental and physical barriers to once again be able-bodied. We hope to motivate people to never give up.”

Sadh has been garnering praise for his recent performances and also bagged a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award at the Flyx Filmfare OTT Awards 2020 for Breathe: Into The Shadows. He said the award meant a lot “since it came from the fans, and not a panel”, adding, “It’s very encouraging that the viewers are connecting with my work. I want to thank everyone who watched and supported me. I love to work and tell stories for the audiences and my fans!”

Sadh who is currently preparing for his next role which he will reveal soon believes OTT is the next big thing. “I believe online will boom. It’s convenient for most people, and with costs of cinemas rising, especially at a time like this, people’s spending habits have changed. But having said that, the cinema experience is great, and it really depends on the financial situation post Covid-19. One thing I do want to say is, the employees that rely on cinemas, let’s take care of them; the waiters, the guys at the box office, the popcorn servers. Let’s make sure, if this transition happens, let’s take care of the people who may lose their jobs. And that goes towards any industry post Covid-19.”

Sadh concluded with some words of praise for the UAE. “It’s a place of diversity and inclusion. And Dubai is an example to the world of what vision and execution can do. It is now one of the best cities in the world!”

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