Friday, April 25, 2014

Veteran actor and trainer Samar Jai Singh of Ek Tha Tiger and Om Namah Shivay fame, in action in HeroPanti

You have seen him as a terrorist and an ISI agent in Ek Tha Tiger (remember the opening scenes where Tiger Salman is offered a bag of cash to defect to the other side and then again as Shiv in Om Namah Shivay and as Samrat Ashok in the TV serial by the same name. Samar Jai Singh has done it all and seen it all and not just that – as one of the chief trainers at the acting school Kreating Charakters in Mumbai, he is the one responsible for grooming actors like Daisy Shah, Anushka Sharma and many others who have reached great heights. He now features in a prominent role in the soon-to-be-released Hero Panti also featuring his student Tiger Shroff.

Speaking exclusively to news agency,  recounting his early days in Mumbai,  Samar Jai Singh says, “When I came to Mumbai, acting was not really on my mind. I studied law at the Government Law College in south Mumbai and law was an excuse to stay back in Mumbai.” At that time, Samar was staying in a students hostel and it was imperative for him to continue his studies in order to avail of the hostel facilities. Little did he know then that he would be one of the pillars of Bollywood 30 years later.

Samar Jai Singh is one of the founders and directors of Kreating Charakters Pvt Ltd. A very talented actor himself, he has been associated with the film and television industry since 1992.  As an actor, he has worked in a wide range of films, from project films and diploma films of the Film and Television institute of India at Pune (FTII)  to NFDC produced films and also main stream commercial cinema. On television Samar has worked as a lead player on all major general entertainment channels. Some of his important projects as an actor include as a lead actor in two National Award winning films – Little war 1994 produced by FTII ( Pune ) and directed by Atanu Biswas and Sundari in 1997 produced by NFDC and directed by Gulbahar Singh which was selected as the best environmental film. He has played an important part in super hit films like Gaddar-Ek Prem Katha, Apne, Pinjar,  Ek Tha Tiger, Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo  and done title roles in TV shows such as Om Namah Shivay, Samrat Ashok, Mritunjay and played roles of prominent characters like Kahani Ghar Ghar ki, Vishnu Puran, Maa Shakti, Saara Akash, Choti Maa, Shagun, Kshitij, He has been grooming and guiding actors since 1993 and has worked as a freelance trainer for various television channels, production houses, publications and film academies.

Samar has been designing and conducting customized training workshops for communication and interpersonal relationship skills for actors and crew alike.  Some of the workshops conducted by him include Om Shanti -2009 (Star Plus),      Masterchef India Season 1 -2010 (Star Plus),  Masterchef India Season 2-2011 (Star Plus), Chef Pankaj Ka Zaayka – 2011 (Star Plus), Shobha Somnath Ki -2011 (Zee TV), Actor Ali for Gulaal -2011 (Star Plus), Allz well with Dr Ahaluwalia – 2011 (Colors), Vidya Balan for Mr. Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s “Eklavya”

He has been associated as a freelance trainer with various other acting schools, academies and projects like Film and Television Institute of India ( Pune ) 2005 to 2010 , Stardust Academy 1995,  Zee Cine Star Ki Khoj, Kishore Naimit Kapoor Acting Institute 1993 to 2005 and others.

Samar Jai Singh has been responsible for training actors like, Girish kumar  of    Ramaiya Vastaviya, Haroon Qazi of the Salman Khan-starrer Mental, Ayrish Patel of Pavitra Rishta, Abhimanyu Jhadav of    Rangeelay a Panjabi film and Bullet Raja,  Devyendu Sharma of Chasme Baddoor, Manni Boparai of Uttaran, Prince Rana of Jodha Akbar, Pulkit Samarat of Fukrey, Tiger shroff  of HeroPanti, Anurita Jha of Gangs of Wasseypur, Dushyant  who was an MTV Spilts Villa winner, Harry Josh from Welcome, Wanted and Dhoom-2 and the list goes on. Almost 200 actors trained by Samar Jai Singh are actively working on the films and Tv front today. A proud Samar says his work goes on.

Each month and each year brings new surprises and accolades, says Samar in a candid conversation with, “KC student Tiger Shroff is now ready with his debut film HeroPanti. Shroff a student of Samar Jai Singh is all set for the release of his debut film on May 23rd. We eagerly await the release and wish him all the best," says Samar keeping his fingers crossed.

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