EXCLUSIVE: Barun Sobti on not seeking validation, insider-outsider debate, neutral perspective, criticism

Barun Sobti, in an exclusive chat, opens up on if he feels validated with the kind of response his performance has been getting, any relevant criticism he heard, the lows and the highs and his web show. Read.
Barun Sobti opens up on his journeyEXCLUSIVE: Barun Sobti on not seeking validation, insider-outsider debate, neutral perspective, criticism
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When Barun Sobti set out to explore new content and options, people around and within the industry branded him to be yet another actor who wants to do films. The actor, however, did not let the noise get to him and continued working on projects he believed in. Well, all his hard work has finally paid off with Asur getting him the much needed acclaim and now followed by Halahal. Before that, he was a part of a few critically acclaimed movies, Tu Hai Mera Sunday being one of them. In a candid chat, I asked Barun if he felt validated now with the kind of response his performance has been getting, any relevant criticism he heard, the lows and the highs and his web show Halahal where he plays a notorious cop. Over to him:

In Halahal, you play a cop who is slightly on the notorious side. It is a side unknown to many. Were you surprised when the role came to you?

It is not like I got this offer from external factors, I had known the director of the show since long. We have had countless chats about the film earlier and he was very well aware of the notorious side to me. Of course, many people aren't because of the presentable side I keep but that doesn't mean I did not have my share of notoriety when I was growing up. So, I was not surprised actually when I said yes to the show, in fact, I was confident. 

But do you think in the last two years, we have seen a certain evolvement in terms of audience. A series like Asur might not have been received the way it was couple of years back...

I also think so. I can't be sure that it would be the same case but with respect to evolution of the audience that has definitely happened in the last two years. I don't know if the audience would have received Asur and Halahal the way they do now, two years back, but definitely the change has happened now. 

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Do you consider what the audience expects of you while taking up a project or do you simply follow your gut?

I follow my instinct actually, I never think about the audience because it is a very large tool, so you cannot make decisions on everybody's behalf. What you can do is choose a career path and stick to your own belief. Either you know your reality that you are not smart enough and must follow what others say or you follow your gut instinct and hope that people will realise your work and potential. So, I stuck to the second one and I know I have a working mind and I trust my instinct and thankfully it is working for me. If I like it, I do it and if people like it too, then it means I am doing something right.

My perspective is very regular, good or bad. If anyone behaves good or bad with me, I try not to change my attitude towards them and remain the way I am
Barun Sobti

Any criticism or feedback which has stayed with you even today?

I have never heard a relevant bad comment about me, to be honest. The only comment I have heard about me that is bad is either always inspired by spite or jealousy. I have never received a relevant criticism. Sometimes I have heard that I am not socially available that's the only complaint. But with regards to my performance, I have never heard anything bad. 

A certain complement which has stayed with you?

My perspective is very decent and regular about the world, good or bad. If anyone behaves good or bad with me, I try not to change my attitude towards them and remain the way I am. I have found the right way of living, and that is by being a good human being and I know that. So my perspective doesn't change much even if someone says good about me, I just feel gratitude and thank them.

People even in close quarters were trying to influence me and my wife to explain it to me, yeh pagal ho raha hai. I did not feel for any validation
Barun Sobti
 

When you left Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, I remember people had too many comments to make, many felt you are making a wrong choice. A lot of criticism followed. Do you feel validated today with the kind of adulation you have been receiving?

I never care about what people say and there was no one or two people that were telling me, the whole world was telling me that. People even in close quarters were trying to influence me and my wife to explain it to me, yeh pagal ho raha hai. I did not feel for any validation then and I don't feel for any validation now. When I set out, I set out for a different reason. People perceived it differently, they thought yeh filmein karne ke liye chod raha hai which was not the case. I just wanted to spend time with my wife whom I had married just before I started the show. I remember I used to ride my bike in between breaks so that I could see her shopping for groceries. I was that consumed. No one knows my reality. A lot of people at that time were making comments like, you will see he will regret it. But I never cared for validation and that is why I think I was able to quit even. I love the people who stood by me but I don't have anything against anyone. 

It is a mean world. Actually there are people I know because of whom I need to teach my daughter, it is a bad world. It is a world like that but you need to keep your sanity intact to survive, even when things are great or not so great. 

What do you think of the ongoing insider vs outsider debate?

I think this is a debate which is so obvious. People who are complaining about nepotism or insider or outsider, are the same people employing their kids in their shops. Then, they complain. Of course, that happens. Insider and outsider thing is a fact but I don't have a problem with it to be honest because it is a freaking fact and what were you thinking when you were entering the industry? That it is going to be a cakewalk? It is the most difficult industry perhaps, it is psychologically and physically consuming, you have to keep telling yourself that it is going to be fine. If someone is coming thinking they would get the same treatment as an outsider, then they are completely delusional. 

There were times when your films didn't work. How did you cope up with that? 

We are all humans and of course we feel sad and happy. There are times when things don't work and you feel sad but that is how it is, but this can't be the message to anyone who wants to enter the industry because everyone has their own journey and time. If someone today says that I am lucky, that person will be a fool because it is all the hard work and amount of time I have spent here. You don't just get lucky overnight. Some people do but not everyone.

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Anonymous 1 week ago

It seems he was not even a parallel lead in Asur . It was a supporting actor role as per the news . Arshad Warsi was the main lead . By the way NetFlix churns out hundreds of dramas like Asur.

Anonymous 3 weeks ago

Tanu 24 Fairy lights Indrani Mukherjee Manhood Mohit’s Irani Sarun Hayakhan and many many more fake accounts through which these Pakistani women and Saijal Shah operate. There only job is to bash Mohit for which they are employed. These women have no other jobs and they are spinsters.

Anonymous 3 weeks ago

I don’t know what it is but they seem like paid to do what they do . Mostly bashing Mohit and insulting Sanaya . They indirectly promote all Barun’s projects even if it is negative publicity. In show biz any publicity is considered good . They do have many fake accounts on all social media . It all seems very organised .

Anonymous 3 weeks ago

They do such stuff to promote barun?

Anonymous 3 weeks ago

Shallow , ill informed , lacks wider perspective and gives these juvenile interviews over and over again . Does he not have an adviser?

Anonymous 3 weeks ago

As per social media the psycho and her cronies were paying some fans to form a fan group for her. That is how crazy she is LOL

Anonymous 3 weeks ago

Really ? No normal human being would do like that ..hahahah How can barun stay with a woman this crazy?

Anonymous 4 weeks ago

Sobti is the number 1 Hippocrite of TV Industry. His actions never match his words .

Anonymous 4 weeks ago

Very true.. was his big fan once..but started hating him once i started watching his interviews..

Anonymous 4 weeks ago

Did he not audition for Anurag’s role and was told by Ekata that he was too old for it ,

Anonymous 1 month ago

He have lost so many fans because of this attitude... Why is he behaving like this? Barun ,you need fans and their support to survive in the entertainment industry ..

Anonymous 1 month ago

Waiting for the day this wimp will have guts to speak the truth for destroying show like IPKKND.Lies and more lies to cover the behaviour of a psycho.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Braun is illiterate. His wife has a degree. So he thinks sun shines out of her a.... One of the most talented and good looking actors Whose career has been completely destroyed by an ugly and manipulative woman Who uses marital relation as a bargaining chip to get what she wants.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Well the comments have definitely set someone’s backside on fire. The same idiot is going round giving answers to all comments .

Anonymous 2 months ago

IPKKND was the biggest cult classic and Number one ICONIC show ever made by star. It opened a huge international market for STAR INDIA. It catapulted Barun and Sanaya to superstardom. Their pairing was breathtaking and people just wanted to watch them. The most perfect pairing in Tollywood , Bollywood or Hollywood. But then people start looking the gift horse in the mouth . Really Sad .

Anonymous 2 months ago

Yes ppl have no other things to do but to think about iconic show for years,you idiot.Bollywod, Hollywood? Are you serious,in our country Bollywood industry is not bothered about TV

Anonymous 2 months ago

Shit was a disaster of the decade. No wonder after that all his shows have two male leads KKMenon ArshadWarsi and now Sachin Khedekar

Anonymous 2 months ago

You dumb nobody is bothered about TV show ,dont compare some old TV shows here

Anonymous 2 months ago

Saijal shah was working for junkey siblings Akshay and Riddhi Dogra.

Anonymous 2 months ago

He doesnt give a shit about his fans , it is very clear from the interview

Anonymous 2 months ago

Barun maintain Thier personal and professional life...so PLZZ nobody blame pashmeen....it's all acting...before ipkknd Barun doing another show bhph..that show also intense scene....and that time pashmeen with him...when people come to the film industry well known about the acting..they are ready for every situation...

Anonymous 2 months ago

Are you his PR ?

Anonymous 2 months ago

Some one mentioned Saijal Shah the biggest freaks. She calls herself Sarun fan and promotes shit 3 under different ID. Her only job was to insult Mohit and demean Sanaya. This woman needs to be reported to UK police . She promotes his work in a very clever way ..called reversed Psychology. An extremely cunning woman and a lier. Supporting her was Sarin Hayakhan a Pakistani female and few others. For information of all Sarin fans these women are two faced manipulators . Don’t trust a word they say.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Loser with capital letter because of his crazy wife ruined his career

Anonymous 2 months ago

of course he ll hear his wife whats wrong in that..n if u think intimate scenes have to do sumthing about leaving then he wud not b able to do tanhaiyan or tgidf for that matter.sanaya wont b that great friend of his ..they keep in touch after 9yrs which wont happen in fake relation..they do their morning walk together how ll she allow that if she was any way to b jealous from sanaya pashmeen n sanaya met on her bday without barun as he had busy schedule dn just randomly pinpoint sumone's lufe if he left his show bcoz of his wife thats his personal life he ofcourse had to gv her tym just after getting married..what wrong with u people dissing aumone for no reason

Anonymous 2 months ago

Lover with a capital letter because of his crazy wife ruined his career

Anonymous 2 months ago

We have had same questions with varied answers .Can he not answer questions on general knowledge, other things apart from How bad TV is and my wife.

Anonymous 2 months ago

He will answer what is asked, a person will automatically refer his wife if it is related conversion ,you can burn with jealousy else where.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Everyday 10 bihari comes in Mumbai for becoming hero.And if they don't get chance ,they said insider and outsider.Whereas every where a bihari officer posted he brings his villagers and got them settled either forcefully or politely whichever is applicable.

Anonymous 2 months ago

He is honest and humble..ppl are judging according to their own intellectual level...keep going Barun, your works will always praised by your loyal fans

Anonymous 2 months ago

Barun won't act in real life he says what he feels it's ok if he doesn't care about fans as always he frankly says" I doesn't believe in fandom and stardom" then that's people wish want be his well-wisher or not be he never calls he never cares he never believes and I'm agree with him he just want to do his work what he likes get the payment that's it just like a job he doesn't even believe in celebrety and all he always wish to lead a normal life not like other celebraties who feels they are stars from the sky that's his life..and he is not an attention seeker so fuck off all the peopl who are judging him if u don't like him the way he is or u expecting importance from him as a fan then they won't get that things from him so they can decide to be with him or not...

Anonymous 2 months ago

Aww darling how many times you will write and reply even after being ignored,have some self respect, btw your team psycho page is blocked by Sanaya for being Non abuser,and ppl who are supporter they become abusers,lol

Anonymous 2 months ago

Here is the proof of the pudding. The abuser’s need to learn English grammar first.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Here is the proof of the pudding For the language. This is the real face of the abusers. Please learn English Grammer first .LOL.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Inconsistent in every interview and doesnt respect his fans

Anonymous 2 months ago

Read the comment and reply.. Don't randomly reply whatever you want in any comment you like

Anonymous 2 months ago

This article us not about Samata and Ipkknd so what are you doing here ,if you are not his fan you can get out,also calling other women psycho/ugly, why dont you post your picture let me see how beautiful you are

Anonymous 2 months ago

He respects his fans who are abusive to Others and Sanaya. He has never made a statement saying she is his friend and they should not abuse her. IN Fact his ugly psycho and him posed with one of the most abusive middle aged fan called SiVa In USA. So that is the level of friendship . Ironically most of the abuser’s are married middle aged women or spinsters. HE DOES NOT respect IPKKND fans Who made him what he is today. Saijal Shah one of his fans from UK who is unemployed is the biggest promoter of him . She had a gang of Pakistani females with her .They all have fake ID’s and promote his work .

Anonymous 2 months ago

He is what he is today because of IPKKND . No one knew him before that . He will always be known as ASR of IPKKND. However for some reason he has always had great difficulty in accepting that .Which is a pity because facts are facts . When he talks of the iconic show he talks of lack of time but then he was happy to sign shit 3 . What do you call that . As per Gul’s statement To reporters that time there were plans to make IPK 4,5,6 with Mr . Hippocrate Sobti.She compared him to James Bond . Basically saying like Bond Mr . Hippocrates will be hero with new female leads for that franchise. His total reluctance to talk about And give credit to the ICONIC show over the years is extremely fishy. As regards to the show of friendship I am not sure how real that is . Posting few photos here and there is never proof of friendship.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Move over Ipkknd you can't expect evryone to get obsessed with one show however popular that may be

Anonymous 2 months ago

He says something and does something else....such a big hippocrite

Anonymous 2 months ago

He says something and does something else....such a big hippocrite

Anonymous 2 months ago

No one can be like Sushant Singh Rajput. India lost a rare gem.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Very true.. ssr considered fans as his family

Anonymous 2 months ago

Why this interview sounds frustrating...In every interview of Barun, he tries to avoid questions related to IPKKND or trying to show that he has regrets of doing work on TV. WHY SO?? Is he wanna be called himself a Bollywood star instead? People remember him as Arnav Singh Raizada then why he trying to avoid questions on Ipkknd and fondly talk about his other projects but not about Ipkknd..he just simply said that it was really a nice show and writes so well ..Barun we fans don't want to listen this type of statements from you, instead we want that you talk openly about Ipkknd as Sanaya always talks. She openly said whatever she's today just because of TV, then why you still not accept this fact that whatever you're just because of IPKKND. We know that Ipkknd is really an iconic show that's why we fans are demanding for another season starring you and Sanaya. No matter how big you make in future but people will always remember you as Arnav Singh Raizada and for your sparkling chemistry with Sanaya Irani. I don't know why he sounds more confused in his interview...seems there's something really fishy.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Ppl dont give interviews based on what you want to hear how dumb is that ?its funny you are even mentioning this dumb

Anonymous 2 months ago

Amazing Barun in real and reel life.... respect ur feelings for you wife and family....

Anonymous 2 months ago

He does just awsome work... Halahal very nice movie... Even watched tu hai mera sunday... No comments on his acting... Beautiful... N Iss pyaar ko kya naam doon I almost watched 5 times in hotstar... He talks point to point n straight forward... Tht is a very gud quality of his....

Anonymous 2 months ago

If he is classy then Pigs are flying!!!

Anonymous 2 months ago

You are reading interviews of a non classy person ,so be a classy and avoid you hypocrite

Anonymous 2 months ago

As per our sources Braun asked Star not to cast Sanaya in shit 3 . Purely because he is shit scared of the ugly thing at home .

Anonymous 2 months ago

if this is true then Star and Gul need to be sued for S*XISM

Anonymous 2 months ago

What is your sources? Dumb girl move over Ipkknd and your sh*ts nobody is interested

Anonymous 2 months ago

Braun is A doormat of his wife . No one but only his wife made him leave IPKKND due to his chemistry with beautiful Sanaya. Of course he will never admit to it .

Anonymous 2 months ago

Not sure how that is possible considering barun/his wife and Sanya/her husband continue to be good friends and socialize as a couple

Anonymous 2 months ago

Spite why would people make comments out of spite unless they know you personally. Audiences give their opinions by watching work.

Anonymous 2 months ago

He needs to watch his own interviews over the years to see his own statements which are so contradicting. He worked in TV before IPKKND . He knew exactly what was involved . He had time to go play football and cricket as per his own interviews during IPK but no time to spend with wife!!!

Anonymous 2 months ago

Lol playing cricket football same as playing as spending time with wife you dumb

Anonymous 2 months ago

Here we go again. This ‘ My wife ‘ made him leave IPKKND. The whole world knows it . He is acting like an Austrich who hurries his head in sand. He does not have guts to stand up to her which is another known fact. He himself admitted in a road side interview with Gil Khan that this wife does not like him doing intimate scenes. How can we forget that two days after the Farm House love scene of IPKKND aired he announced he was leaving the show ,

Anonymous 2 months ago

Move over ipkknd nobody wants to do TV show if better offers are there you dumb

Anonymous 2 months ago

of course he ll hera his wife whats wrong in that..n if u think intimate scenes have ti do sumthing about leaving then he wid not b able to do tanhaiyan or tgidf for that matter.sanaya wont bbthet great friend of his ..they keep in toucj after 9yrs which wont happen in fake relation..they do their morning walk together how ll she allow that if she was any way to b jealous from sanaya pashmeen n sanaya met on her bday without barun as he had busy schedule dn just randomly pinpoint sumone's lufe if he left his show bcoz of his wife thats his personal life he ofcourse had to gv her tym just after getting married..what wrong with u people dissing aumone for no reason

Anonymous 2 months ago

Really good actor, best wishes

Anonymous 2 months ago

This guy's always exudes effortless class. Been a fan since IPKKND, very happy to see him doing excellent works. Love Barun

Anonymous 2 months ago

Always classy and rational. ❤️❤️ Barun

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