It was director Mira Nair who gave Hooda his big break with her critically-acclaimed 2001 movie ‘Monsoon Wedding’ and gave the world a glimpse into what he is capable of.
Over the years, he spent time working in theatre with veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah‘s troupe Motley, while also straddling cinema courtesy ‘D’, ‘Darna Zaroori Hai’ and ‘Love Khichdi’.
Critics’ praise and audience’s love started coming his way when he featured in films like ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’, Tigmanshu Dhulia‘s ‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster’, ‘Jannat 2’ and ‘Main Aur Charles’.
Reflecting upon his journey, the 44-year-old actor said it has been a “truthful” experience where he witnessed both ups and downs.
“It has been full of failures and successes, disappointments and excitement. There have been lots of hits and an equal number of misses. I have learnt a lot. So all in all, a very truthful journey and I look back at it with a lot of gratitude.
“Even though they say ‘Jo dikhta hai, wo bikta hai’, I have been guilty of not being seen very much. But still after long breaks, I get interesting work. My biggest achievement would be that after 20 years also, filmmakers find me interesting as an actor,” Hooda told in an interview.
According to the Rohtak-born actor, he has an “underrated” potential that remains to be tapped by filmmakers.
“I do believe that I’m still unexplored, which is a great thing when you have worked for such a long time,” he added.
The actor now reunites with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan for ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’.
“We have shared a friendship for many years, it has gone through ups and downs, working and not working kind of relationship.
“I was chasing him in ‘Kick’, training in ‘Sultan’ and now I’m testing what he has learned in ‘Radhe’. That sums up our professional journey. It is always a pleasure working with him,” said Hooda, who plays the antagonist Rana in the movie.
‘Radhe’, which will start streaming on multiple platforms, including OTT and DTH services, from Thursday, features Khan as the titular encounter specialist tackling the drug menace in Mumbai.
The film was earlier scheduled to arrive in theatres on May 22 last year but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The actor said he hopes that ‘Radhe’ is able to bring some solace to the audiences during the second wave of coronavirus in the country.
Backed by Salman Khan Films and Reel Life Production Private Limited, the film is produced by Salma Khan and Sohail Khan.