BRIJENDRA KALA: The Supporting Pillar in each film he acts
BY AAKASH WADHWA
Actor Brijendra Kala has the KALA in both his appellation and his function. As wisely stated, “coming events cast their shadows before”, The shadow of this great actor initiated its casting in his mid-school days with Brij’s active participation in music and plays. He remembers winning 21 rupees as a cash award for the Best actor in a Comic role, in the very first play he acted in his school life and in life as well. Right from there, his craze went on winning the accolades and the ‘best actor’ never looked back.
Born in 1969 in the village Pauri, district Garhwal in Uttarakhand and brought up in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh where his father worked as a superintendent in a Vet Hospital, his father’s aspirations were the same for him but he was always into performing arts, in his early days, it was in the form of music and later in the form of theatre. The actor holds a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Biochemistry from
Kishori Raman College in Mathura. Young Brijendra worked in Bal Gopal, Yuva Vaani programmes of Akash Vani, performed Radio Dramas and also wrote some shows.As he was an ardent stage artist, So after his graduation, he moved to Delhi to explore the potentials of theatre in the city. He applied in The National School of Drama’s repertory but to his misfortune, due to some address confusion, by the time the telegram regarding his selection reached him and he contacted back, the seats were full. Afterwards, he also applied in the Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts repertory in Delhi but there also his luck turned bad. However, he was quite determined and apt about his passion and joined local theatre groups in Delhi. Mr. Kala performed as a Theatre Artist for around 18 years before he finally made his break on the silver screen.
The actor migrated to Bombay, the hub of aspiring, working and standing actors in 1992 to make fortune in Bollywood. Mumbai networked him with screenwriter Dr. Achala Nagal, pioneer of Swastik Rang Mandal, whom he calls ‘MAA’, who supported Kala during his initial days. Kala used to lived in her house and performed theatre with her and her children and also assisted ‘MAA’ in screenwriting. Also he performed an all-rounder role from behind the camera to the front of it in the movie, ‘Subah Hone Tak’ directed by Dr. Achala’s sons. The actor has also written dialogues for several TV shows produced by Ekta Kapoor such as ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’. He never wanted to and never worked on the small screen because he was of the intellect that by working on the small screen he will limit himself to a job and perform a similar character for a long time which will prove to be very less challenging to him as an actor. Also he never discriminates between big or small appearances, he masters whatever the script demands.
As an actor, he made his debut on the big screen in the year 2003 as a Newspaper vendor in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s ‘Haasil’ whom he has known sincethe struggling days. He won many hearts and critical accolades with his role in ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ (2012) starring Irrfan Khan, again directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. As far as youth is concerned, Brijendra Kala built his fame among the youth through his father character in the web series ‘The Aam Aadmi Family’ featured on the Youtube channel of TheTimeliners which has successfully run 3 seasons. Kala was rated as one of the current cinema’s most popular scene-stealers with his many short yet significant and magnificent roles in big Box Office films like M.S. Dhoni,Tubelight, Jolly LLB 2, Zero, etc. His latest work is in film ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ which will bereleased over the OTT platform Amazon Prime.
One major disheartening event that turned to him was his role in Ranbir Kapoor starrer film Besharam (2010) as an important negative character being called of after 10 days of the shoot, even though he was remunerated for that 10 days and was not replaced but it was just the character being removed, he felt very disappointed after that event.
Mr. Brijendra Kala lives in a society near Krishna Vatika Mandir adjoining Film City with his nuclear family of three. He is arranged married to his wife and they have a daughter named Junai. Both his wife and daughter are a bit camera shy unlike the Star. He loves to keep his personal life personal as while having a research on him, the internet and the available interviews fails to provide some vital family and personal stats of his. His instagram feed showcases many happily captured moments of the Kala couple.
As far as his future endeavors are concerned, Brij firmly believes that he is yet to get his due in Bollywood which he exclaimed during his interview with Times Of India and added that his desire for the best role and deliver the best performance is yet to come because the film industry is yet to give him his dues as a performer, which showcase the ambitious and committed self of the actor towards future.
A true theatre artist he is, that even after achieving such name and fame he is anxious about the threatened state of stage art in our country as opposed to a well organised one in the west. He also exclaims that one will spend 400 rupees to watch a movie in a cinema hall but will not spend the amount to experience theatre because of many underlying reasons that are needed to be addressed sooner; he showed his such worrying concerns.
His story is truly inspiring for the aspiring actors, isn’t it?