Chunkey Panday Talks About Slipping Into Depression During The Low Phase In His Career

Shubanka Sridhar , 23 Sep 2019
Chunkey Panday (Source: Instagram | @chunkeypanday)
Chunkey Panday (Source: Instagram | @chunkeypanday)

Low phases in careers and in life are something everyone goes through. It happens with the best of the lot, but most of them eventually learn to swim atop and fight it out. Chunkey Panday is one actor who learnt to swim right to the top after a low period in his acting career. The actor was a well-known face in ensemble films alongside actors like Anil Kapoor and Dharmendra and found great success in Bangladeshi films for a few years after.

But, when he came back to Bollywood after, things were not the same for him. In an interview with PTI, Chunkey shared that he had to come back and beg people for jobs.

He shares:

In 1993 after giving a blockbuster Aankhen, I had no work. I was sitting at home for a year. I only had one film titled Teesra Kaun? That’s when I got the opportunity to work in Bangladesh and my first film was a superhit. I worked there for three-four years. After marriage, my wife told me, ‘Bollywood is my actual identity’. When I came back to Hindi cinema, I realised a generation had forgotten me completely. I had to start struggling. I would meet people, ask for work and luckily I got it.

When talking about how he had to struggle to get a job and was sinking into depression, he said that getting himself occupied in work related to films and starting a few businesses kept him busy in tough times.

Here’s what he said:

You get into depression when you are sitting at home and have no work, especially after being at the top of your game. One should take up small roles, do work related to films, like I started an event management company and a restaurant. I kept myself busy

Well, this sure is one way of dealing with your low phase. On the work front now, Chunkey is doing some great work and donning different and challenging roles. He was last seen in the movies Saaho and Prasthaanam where he played villainous roles. He will next be seen in the film, Jawaani Jaaneman alongside Saif Ali Khan and Tabu.

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