Finest recognized for working in movies like Shaitan (2011) and Boss (2013), Shiv Pandit is gearing up for the discharge of Netflix’s upcoming Indian authentic Choice Day, by which he performs God, who helps a teenaged cricket aspirant navigate by way of life.
In a candid chat, the 34-year-old opened up about getting his quirky character proper, working with Netflix and teenaged boys, and his upcoming tasks.
What made you need to be part of Choice Day?
Greater than me saying sure to the undertaking, it was me going after it. I’d carried out a movie known as Loev, which Netflix acquired in 2016. I obtained great publicity from that movie the world over. Individuals in Ecuador, Peru, Estonia—international locations the place Indian content material doesn’t usually do nicely—reached out to me, appreciating my efficiency and the movie. That was an important feeling as a result of all a younger actor desires is for his or her work to get sampled. Whether or not it’s favored or not is subjective, nevertheless it shouldn’t be hidden away in some nook.
Therefore, I knew that I wished to get related to Netflix once more. A good friend who was engaged on Sacred Video games knowledgeable me about Choice Day on the final day of auditions. I went to check for some one other character, however they wished me to do that different one for which auditions hadn’t begun but. So sure, this half occurred for me by way of a rigorous means of auditions and in a method I’m glad it did as a result of in my profession, all the great components that I’ve obtained have occurred solely when I’ve labored for them.
Now we have seen a number of modern-day interpretations of God in movies like Oh My God and God Tussi Nice Ho however yours nonetheless appears refreshing. What have been your reference factors for taking part in this position?
You possibly can’t use any reference when it’s important to play God as a result of the thought of god is so subjective. To every of us, God has a really totally different visible illustration, totally different enchantment.
With this explicit character, the thought wasn’t to current a special tackle God. It’s extra of a visible illustration of your innermost ideas. He doesn’t inform Manju (the lead character) do that or do this. He form of bounces his ideas off him and thru that course of, Manju figures it out himself. He’s a really no-nonsense form of a man who isn’t going to take you by the finger and aid you. It was an excellent and refreshing character to play.
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As preparation, I did do one factor—it was crucial for me to be real pals with the man enjoying Manju in order that our relationship didn’t look manufactured on display screen. From day 1, I genuinely made an effort to change into Samad’s (Mohammad Samad who performs Manju) good friend. He would hold calling me Sir however by the tip of it, we grew to become such good pals that regardless of the digital camera rolling or not, our relationship didn’t change. I hope it interprets on display screen.
Then the flamboyant styling additionally helped. If you look your character, you’re feeling it too and that’s the place half the job of an actor is completed. I additionally wished to look bodily overpowering, daunting in entrance of Manju in order that it reveals that he’s speaking to a deity or a God. I gained lots of weight and adopted a complete totally different bodily regime to get the look proper on display screen.
Your God talks lots of science to Manju, which could be very conflicting as a result of faith and science have all the time been at loggerheads. Has it been a aware thought to current God in a method that the youthful technology finds him extra relatable?
Sure, there was undoubtedly a aware effort to make him extra relatable to the youthful viewers. But it surely’s very intelligently carried out. Since Manju is within the sciences is why his God talks about it. He’s Manju’s inside voice. Now tomorrow, if Manju is conflicted about another space, his God might begin speaking about that as a result of he’s solely a illustration of Manju’s deepest wishes.
Science vs faith has been an ongoing debate for a few years. What I favored about this character is that it’s not regressive. He doesn’t negate faith however he pushes folks to assist themselves to get what they need.
How was it working with the youthful lot of actors?
I don’t let any particular person’s age—youthful or older—have an effect on me. Nevertheless, this set had a really harmless, non-pretentious and energetic vibe. So it was nice hanging round Yash (Dholye), Samad, Karanvir (Malhotra) and others as a result of it actually jogged my memory of after I was at school and faculty. For me, it was additionally nice as a result of it was a very good lesson in adapting to totally different environments which we actors are thrust into with each undertaking.
All of your scenes until now are solely with Manju. Do you even have scenes with different characters or is your God unique to Manju?
I’ll depart that as a query mark so that you can determine.
What’s going to we see you in subsequent?
I’ve carried out a function movie with Tejasvini Kolhapure. I’ll even be doing one other internet present. Every thing remains to be in post-production so I can’t speak about these proper now however by February, I ought to have the ability to.
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