Prateek Gandhi: ‘I am excited that individuals need to see extra of me’

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Actor Prateek Gandhi hopes audiences are open to the ethical dilemma on the middle of his upcoming movie Bhavai as what turns proper or mistaken over time.

Gandhi, who rose to fame after his acclaimed efficiency as infamous stockbroker Harshad Mehta in final yr’s hit SonyLIV collection rip-off 1992, stated the data explosion by way of the web provides to the complexities of India as a rustic.

Bhavai is a movie about two individuals who work in a Ram Leela manufacturing and the way it impacts their private lives off stage. it was initially titled Ravana Leela (Bhavai) However it was modified to respect the emotions of a piece of the viewers.

“Within the age of social media it is extremely straightforward to color individuals’s views. In case you are continuously being bombarded with some lies, you tend to consider it to be true. That is what is going on everywhere in the world.

“India has a lot variety by way of faith, ideology, the whole lot that it turns into straightforward to paint individuals utilizing this stuff. Web is affordable and other people have lots of free time; This can be a nice evil we’re combating. These are such difficult occasions that nobody has a solution for it,” the 41-year-old actor informed PTI in a Zoom interview.

In Bhavai, Gandhi performs Rajaram Joshi, a stage artist who performs Ravana in Ram Leela, a dramatic folks remake of the Ramayana.

Historically, the Ram Leela makes use of tune and dance sequences to depict the legendary battle between good and evil, symbolizing Lord Rama and Ravana.

The actor stated that although he isn’t justifying Raavan’s actions that led to his eventual downfall, he is able to see the character as Gray.

“When Valmiki wrote the Ramayana, he may have described him as a “black” character or solely talked about his shortcomings, however he did not. Whereas it hasn’t been true from the start, So who’re we to say what is true and what’s mistaken? Then why was Ravana referred to as ‘prakanda pandit’ (educated scholar) or Shiva Bhakta? Maybe he additionally needed individuals to know graypan and name him simply Did not need to be portrayed as a demon,” he stated.

There are lots of interpretations of the epic Ramayana in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia, Gandhi stated, and it’s fascinating that individuals in these totally different international locations have “very a lot modified the story and believed of their variations.”

“Though I see it as a metaphor, each Rama and Ravana are current in every of us. It is all about one’s mindset. All good is Rama, all evil is Ravana. However we live in a world that’s grey. So there’s a fixed battle happening between Rama and Ravana which matches on inside us.

“It’s a ethical dilemma. What is true and what’s mistaken varies with time… By saying this, I’m not making an attempt to justify what Ravana did. However what I’m saying is that Be open to interpretation.”

Born in Surat, coming from a non secular Gujarati Vaishnav household, Gandhi stated that he grew up with ‘worship’ round him, contemplating himself a ‘religious individual’.

“Whilst an engineer and a scholar of science I consider that power can neither be created nor destroyed. If it’s so then power is common.”

Calling Bhavai “an vital movie of his life”, Gandhi revealed that director Hardik Gajjar had supplied him the function even earlier than the 1992 scandal broke out. Had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic, the movie would have launched a lot earlier.

Set in opposition to the backdrop of Roop Bhavai, a well-liked folks drama from Gujarat, the movie marks his first Hindi characteristic movie.

“I am unable to thank Hardik sufficient for having Hardik and the crew because the leads earlier than ‘Rip-off’ when nobody knew what was going to occur. We had been simply going in accordance with the script, one another Par Vishwas,” the actor, who’s all set to reunite with Gajjar in horror comedy visitor Bhooto Bhava, stated.

One more reason Gandhi stated that he agreed to take up the specialty of musical drama was as a result of Bhavai was an ideal mix of his two loves – theater and cinema.

“I get to carry out on stage within the movie. Each these mediums are near my coronary heart. Theater is my past love, it was a pleasure for me to play the function of Ravana on stage for this movie. So this one for me. It was a really fascinating journey, I had lots of enjoyable.

“Individuals usually ask us to touch upon the distinction between appearing on stage and in movies. When actors go away the stage, there’s a particular change of their persona as a result of that’s their actual life.”

Gandhi stated that he continuously needed to lift the bar for himself.

He stated, ‘I need to give a brand new character each time to the viewers in order that they’ll suppose in another way each time. I am excited that individuals need to see extra of me. We’re within the enterprise of experimentation. What’s enjoyable about this line is that you would be able to actually benefit from the course of once you experiment with out strain. “

The actor reiterated that there’s nothing within the movie that ought to damage the non secular sentiments of the general public.

“Please watch the movie first after which determine,” he appealed.

Bhavai additionally stars Aindrita Ray, Rajendra Gupta, Rajesh Sharma and Abhimanyu Singh in lead roles and is slated to launch theatrically on October 1.

The movie is offered by Dr Jayantilal Gada (Pen Studio) and produced by Dhawal Jayantilal Gada, Akshay Jayantilal Gada, Parth Gajjar and Hardik Gajjar movies in affiliation with Backbencher Footage.

Gandhi will subsequent be seen in Disney Plus Hotstar collection Six Suspects and Dedh Bigha Zamin, a drama characteristic.