I am an accidental actor, says Jay Patel


New Delhi: An entrepreneur by profession, Jay Patel never thought that he would be acting one day.

Patel says he became an actor by “accident” and he never contemplated it as he was happy in his work space.

“It was very accidental. I was hanging out with my friends Tigmanshu Dhulia and Rahul Mittra in Gujarat seven or eight years ago when he was shooting for ‘Sahib Biwi aur Gangster’ and during that time I just told him that I want to be part of a film.

“It was like every Indian kid who has watched a lot of movies and wishes to be a part of them. I just said in a casual way and was not serious,” Patel told a news agency in an interview.

The budding actor will be seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s next “Milan Talkies” and alongside Sanjay Dutt in thriller “Torbaaz”. He is also part of remake of 2010 Telugu hit “Prasthanam” where he is playing a hardcore politician.

He says that out of nowhere Dhulia called him up, saying he has a role for him in one of his films.

“I was in New York and one day he called me and said ‘Jay you got to come down to Mumbai and I have a role for you’. I told him no because I was just kidding. I told him that I’m a business guy and that I enjoy my entrepreneurship. But he convinced me,” Patel adds.

He plays an NRI producer in “Milan Talkies”, which also features Ali Fazal, Sanjay Mishra and Ashutosh Rana.

The actor soon found his second project, “Torbaaz” alongside Dutt, and he says it was a learning experience for him.

“It was an awesome experience because it was the first time for me and he (Dutt) really taught me so many things. He treated me like a younger brother. He has got a a lot of experience and knows so much about the film industry. He was amazing and it was a really nice experience to share screen space with him.”

Patel said Dutt gave him a pep talk when he was starting the project.

“He (Dutt) has made a lot of mistakes in his life and got through really rough times. He told me whatever mistakes he made, no one should repeat them. The other thing he said was ‘Whatever challenges may come, one should always fight them’.”

Patel, however, insists that he will not be getting into full-time acting as his ultimate goal is to produce films.

“I don’t think I’m going do more movies because my motive is not to act. I just want to understand how the industry works because at the end of the day I’m a businessman and so I will produce films.