Sporting long locks and a pepper beard lately, actor Anil George has become a popular antagonist after being a part of projects like Mirzapur, Uri: the surgical strike, Avrodh: the inner seat and Cartel. With his memes on tour, George enjoys every moment the new found fame and success. However, he feels that getting portrayed in a particular image can be risky in the long run.
“People often tell me that with my current look, I will surely be cataloged; one day Pakistan will be able to pretend that I am its man, or I could be shot at after being taken for a terrorist (laughs). But the point is, people judge me based on my current appearance and recent roles. I hope they also enjoy the variations I bring to my characters which may seemingly look alike but are very different from each other, ”he says.
While these comments don’t matter much to him, he surely does think about it.
The actor explains: “The character of Lala in Mirzapur, Abou Hafeez in Avrodh…, minister pak in Uri, Mom in Commando-3 or Khan in Cartel all had different personalities. I want show directors to experiment with my appearance and refresh my characters like it’s been done for movies like Mardaani, Daas Dev and Miss Belle. Currently I have to maintain my look due to several ongoing projects but I will soon be donning a new avatar.
George has been a part of several films, but he believes OTT has helped him reach a wider audience.
“In my case both films and OTT worked for me, but I have to admit that after Mirzapur my work reached all homes and it was because of this that my previous roles were noticed as well. Long before Mardaani, which gave me enormous recognition, my film Miss Lovely where I played a central character with Nawazuddin (Siddiqui) was very much appreciated – besides going to Cannes and winning the award for best film at Mami Film Fest. So you can tell there was some good work, but it gained popularity a bit late. ”
The actor has directed a web series as well as two films including Dybbuk, a remake of the film Malayalam Ezra with Emraan Hashmi. Moreover, he is currently shooting for a film in Dehradun.
Having shot several projects in Lucknow and Varanasi, he has a memorable connection with UP. “I am originally from Haryana, but spent many years studying in Tundla (near Agra) while supporting my sister. As my brother-in-law worked in a tea factory there, it became my second home. I pulled Daas Dev, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz and Mirzapur in Lucknow and a long-time DD series in Bijnore.