Akshay Oberoi: High is not a preachy series

Akshay Oberoi: High is not a preachy series

Akshay Oberoi: Excessive will not be a preachy sequence

Written by Mimansa Shekhar
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Up to date: October 7, 2020 9:58:41 pm

high akshay oberoi mx playerExcessive is at the moment streaming on MX Participant. (Photograph: PR Handout)

Actor Akshay Oberoi is keen to play darker characters. “Such roles stretch you as an actor. It’s a solution to shock your self and the viewers,” he says. Akshay is seen enjoying drug addict Shiv Mathur in MX Participant’s newest sequence Excessive.

In a candid chat with @GadgetClock_bot.com, the actor talked about Excessive, the issue in leaving his characters behind and the net medium.

Excerpts from the dialog:

You appear to be getting increasingly into the darkish area with exhibits like Flesh and now, Excessive. Why?

I look a sure means, and that’s how heavens have made me. I didn’t need folks to say that I may solely play a sure sort of position — like a great boy or a romantic hero. I wished to interrupt these stereotypes. On the finish of the day, I solely care about performing. It’s additionally a solution to stand out. So within the final couple of years, I’ve been attempting to show that in the event you give me any position, I’ll do justice to it.

However when did you realise that that is the time to experiment?

I feel after I labored in Gurgaon and the best way the movie and my work was obtained. I’ve spent half of my life within the US, and I now dwell in Mumbai. So for me to get a task of a heartland Jaat man who murders his complete household was fairly a stretch. Hats off to my director who noticed me in that mild. After doing that, I feel folks began trusting me with distinctive roles.

Coming to Excessive, whereas enjoying a drug addict, it is advisable observe a sure mannerism and physique language. What sort of preparation did you do?

You need to rely quite a bit on the director. However you additionally need to do your analysis as a result of it’s not like I’ve used these substances. There’s a sure thoughts body that it’s important to get into, a specific amount of information concerning the drug, what it does to your mind, the way it modifications you. It must also look genuine like I’m on that drug. I spoke to a whole lot of rehab centre professionals. However probably the most difficult half was to successfully talk to the viewers the drug that Nikhil Rao created – Magic, as a result of it doesn’t truly exist. They see it by means of my eyes.

We’ve had exhibits and movies round substance abuse. What makes Excessive completely different?

There are 100 romantic movies a couple of boy assembly a lady but it surely’s the person story that units it aside. It’s the identical factor right here. There are numerous exhibits. There’s Narcos, Udta Punjab. Right here, the distinctive half is that we’ve created a drug. That’s actually completely different and I hope folks get satisfied.

Is the timing of Excessive purely coincidental, given what is occurring in actual life?

The group had no concept that that is going to occur. We made the present a yr in the past. Nikhil wrote it two years in the past. MX Originals had at all times stated that it’s going to launch someplace round September-October 2020. That was our deadline. The issues taking place had been coincidental. We’re not profiting from that. However in fact something that’s talked about, will assist the present acquire extra curiosity. Each time a subject is related, it at all times helps the movie or sequence popping out at the moment. I feel the identical will occur right here. But when the present is not any good, it gained’t be capable of do something for it. So Excessive wants to face by itself toes.

high web show akshay oberoi Akshay Oberoi performs the character of Shiv Mathur, a drug addict, in Excessive. (Photograph: PR Handout)

When tales from actual life encourage content material onscreen, a piece of the viewers oppose it. For example, Excessive might obtain a backlash for endorsing medication. Are you prepared for such negativity?

Once you rise up for a venture, you will have to pay attention to any sort of backlash. Now it simply occurs that there’s extra consideration on it. However once you watch the present, you’ll realise that by means of my character we try to say that medication are usually not going to steer you anyplace in life. It’s not preachy in any respect. We try to entertain. Drug is simply the backdrop of the story. I feel fairly the other will occur when folks will watch it.

I’m actually pleased with this present. I don’t say that always about my work. I actually loved making it. There’s a whole lot of expertise within the present, and that’s what’s nice concerning the OTT platform. It’s not like movies, the place stakes are excessive with distribution and advertising. Right here you possibly can authentically solid for the present, take the best folks for the job. So I’m actually excited to see how individuals are going to just accept the present.

Once you play characters which could not resonate with you personally, what’s the course of like?

My spouse says you play all these darkish characters and then you definately come house and I can’t inform who you’re. That’s as a result of I at all times preserve my characters in my head whereas I’m capturing, to get into its pores and skin. And as a lot work goes to get into it, the identical quantity of labor it takes to get out of it. Shiv Mathur (Excessive) or Taj (Flesh) don’t depart you that simply. So it does take a little bit of a toll.

Has internet been kinder to you?

I needed to battle to get work in movies. After I began, it was a smaller business. And I’d get a movie after a number of auditions and a thousand rejections. I’d do two movies and be at house for 4 months. I used to suppose these are the years I need to work and develop as an actor and it’s simply not taking place. I used to be getting fascinating movies like Laal Rang, Kaalakaandi, Pizza, Gurgaon, but it surely wasn’t continuous. In performing, the one time you possibly can observe and enhance is when you find yourself on a set. Thank God for OTT platforms. After I noticed it coming, I jumped at it. I’m so glad that over time, nice writers and administrators have are available, and such diverse elements are being written, and individuals are giving me an opportunity to do it. I’m having a blast proper now.

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