| Abhimanyu Singh in a scene from Global Baba. Telegraph picture |
Meghji last November, Global Baba this November.
Patna boy Abhimanyu Singh played Ranveer Singh’s brother Meghji in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela last year. This year, he is the eponymous lead in Global Baba.
Directed by Manoj Tiwary, the film’s post-production work is under way. It is slated for a November release.
With minor roles in between, some critically acclaimed and others forgotten at the bat of an eyelid, Abhimanyu is happy to bag a leading role.
He told The Telegraph: “It was always my dream to get a leading role and I am finally happy.”
Son of Chandra Shekhar Singh, a retired employee of Reserve Bank of India, Abhimanyu spent his childhood in Patna. He graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi. Since 2001 when he got his break with Aks, he has been in Bollywood. The film bombed and Abhimanyu failed to get a new project for three years. He moved to work in television serials. In 2004, he got another role in Farhan Akhtar’s Lakshya followed by Dhol (2007) and Jannat (2008).
Attention came Abhimanyu’s way the following year with Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal where he played Ransa Singh.
Last year, he got the role of Ranveer’s brother in Ram-Leela. Now, he is among the actors from Bihar, particularly Patna, climbing the success ladder at a fast pace.
He credited Manoj Bajpayee for his first break.
On Global Baba, he said: “It is a satire on religious superstition in the country and revolves around a self-styled godman called Global Baba. The film is entertaining and its USP lies in is unpredictability. While watching the film you can never know what will happen next. The film also has a taste of my hometown —Global Baba is from Patna and even speaks Magahi, the local dialect.”
The two-hour film — mostly shot in Varanasi, Allahabad and Vadodara — was not canned without difficulties though.
Abhimanyu said: “We were shooting in Varanasi in December. I had to wear only a langot in the cold and was shivering. In fact the real babas (godmen) at the ghats thought I was one of them.”
The film’s director, Manoj Tiwary, also lauded Abhimanyu’s performance. He said: “No other actor could fit in the role of Global Baba. Abhimanyu was very energetic and sincere. Through this film, I am trying to send a message to society that it is people who worship humans like god and make them godmen.”