‘I won’t say no to negative role’

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‘I won’t say no to negative role’

Sunday, 11 August 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI

‘I won’t say no to negative role’

MUDIT NAYAR, who plays a deaf and dumb character on Sony TV’s show — Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein, speaks with MUSKAN BAKSHI about the challenges that came with playing this role

What is your role in Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein?

I play Yogi, a deaf and dumb boy. He is cute, charming and the one who will steal heart the first time you meet him. The show is about how his disabilities don’t hinder his day to day activities. He is intelligent and can interact well with his family and friends through sign language. The whole story revolves around his life.

Were there challenges while playing this character?

There are many challenges related to playing such characters. First, I had to communicate a lot but without uttering a word — through sign language and expressions. Second, to maintain the timing. It gets hard for the audience to understand everything through sign language. Therefore, I had to get the timing right so nothing looks out of place.

Did you have any apprehensions to play the role in the beginning?

No, I was very eager to play this role. The moment I heard the script and got to know about my character, I was sure that I wanted to do this. I am glad to be a part of this show because the concept is different. Also, the makers usually doesn’t try their hands with such story ideas when it comes to TV shows. 

How does it feel making a comeback on the same channel after six years?

It feels like I have come home. The atmosphere is so comfortable. Sony always makes a comfortable environment for the actors, so that no one feels out of place.

How did acting happen?

It was my father’s dream. I was studying and then I got into family business. But, my father was stubborn. He wanted me to try out my luck in the industry. He encouraged me. it was on his advise that I came to Mumbai. I gave a lot of auditions but there was no silver lining. Then, I enrolled myself into acting classes. It worked. I got shortlisted for an ad-film and then the TV shows followed. 

You used to play cricket. Why give that up?

Yes, I used to play good cricket. I was playing inter-school matches. My coach wanted me to join a professional academy to get proper training in the game. But, then my Boards came. I had to give more time to studies. I decided to take a break. Unfortunately, I could never go back to the game and slowly lost touch of it.

Do you have any regrets that you didn’t go back to it?

No, not really. I am very comfortable and happy with where I am right now.  I love facing the camera. I am an introvert. I don’t talk to a lot of people. But, being on camera allows me to play so many different characters and live different lives. This makes me feel happy and content.

Which genre attracts you?

I don’t look for genres. I look for real stories to be a part of when I am offered a project. Any genre that gives me room to work on real life inspired stories, I would be happy to be a part of that.

Is there a role that you will not turn down.

If there is a well-written negative role, I think I will not turn that down.

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