21-year-old Prem Khan is a talented actor from Dhubri, Assam. He had always been fascinated with movies since his childhood. He was inspired by actors and filmmakers from his hometown who made it big like Pramathesh Barua, Saifuddin Ahmed, Vijay Saxena, Ashraful Haque and Adil Hussain. So after completing his HSLC, he moved to Mumbai in 2014 to follow his dreams.
I got the chance through casting director Vicky Sidana. He gave an advertisement for his casting company, I gave an audition and he called me for a small role in Sooraj Barjatya sir’s film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. He also got in touch with Shanoo Sharma, Casting Director of YRF, who cast me in Tiger Zinda Hai for the role of ‘Veer’, the son of Tiger (Salman Khan).
Your debut Assamese film is Jibonor Juliet, tell us a little about the film and your experience of working alongside Adil Hussain.
Adil Hussain inspired me and taught me how to improve my acting skills. I thank the Almighty that he came to my life. The film is based on Arnab Basu, I’m playing Arnab who is battling to save the vultures dying from the drugs in the carcasses they eat.
The cinematographer Nilip Deb is from Bongaigaon. He had wanted to do this movie since 2010. In fact, in 2010 he made a documentary on Arnab Basu.
One actor who you look up to?
I have always wanted to act like veteran actor and drama teacher Adil Hussain. But he told me, ‘why should you be like me, try to be you’. I learned that as an actor, you should always be as real as possible. Overacting isn’t acceptable to the audience. Also, dialogue delivery is very important.
What other projects are you working on?
I have two project with director Biswajeet Bora – Boomba Ride and Phehujali-Early Dawn. Phehujali-Early Dawn will began shooting in June 21.
I will also work on a Bangladeshi film by the well known production house of Dhaka ‘Jaaz Multimedia’ entitled ‘Poramon 2‘. It is a sequel of Poramon, and is being directed by Raihan Rafi. I will also be part of Aaryaan Saxena’s social-drama ‘Mahira‘, Rajan Agarwal’s social thriller ‘Maggie‘ and Amrita Basu’s psycho-thriller ‘Annie Loves Her Daddy’.