Pratik Gandhi: Scam 1992 is the biggest milestone in my career

Pratik Gandhi: Scam 1992 is the biggest milestone in my career

Pratik Gandhi: Rip-off 1992 is the most important milestone in my profession

Written by Sana Farzeen
| Mumbai |

Up to date: October 9, 2020 3:19:05 pm

pratik gandhi, scam 1992 the harshad mehta storyPratik Gandhi performs the controversial stockbroker Harshad Mehta in Rip-off 1992. (Photograph: PR Handout)

Hansal Mehta directorial Rip-off 1992 – The Harshad Mehta Story is ready in Eighties and 90s Bombay. The ten-episode sequence follows the lifetime of Harshad Mehta, a stockbroker who single-handedly took the inventory market to dizzying heights and his catastrophic downfall. Whereas Pratik Gandhi essays Harshad, Shreya Dhanwanthary is seen enjoying the journalist who investigated and reported the rip-off.

A preferred identify within the Gujarati theatre circuit, Pratik is sort of kicked concerning the present, which he calls the most important milestone in his profession.

In an unique chat with, the Improper Facet Raju actor shared that the nervousness and pleasure makes him really feel as if he’s ready for his board examination outcomes. Gandhi additionally spoke about Rip-off 1992, turning into Harshad Mehta and his expectations from the sequence.

Excerpts from the dialog:

From the time the teaser launched, there was lot of curiosity about who’s enjoying Harshad Mehta. What was entering into your thoughts then?

It was very humorous. I actually didn’t know how one can react. Folks had been writing a lot about it and making fascinating assumptions. I used to be so tempted to announce that I’m enjoying the half (laughs).

Inform us extra about your Rip-off 1992 journey and turning into Harshad Mehta.

I used to be doing loads of theatre and even Gujarati movies. Whereas I used to be capturing for a movie in 2018, I acquired a name from Hansal Mehta. He requested me to fulfill him for this venture. Actually, I used to be fully shocked, and for 48 hours, I didn’t even know how one can react. However I used to be actually comfortable and was ready to complete my shoot in order that I may meet him. I needed to undergo a number of auditions, after which Hansal requested me if I want to do the present. And my solely reply was a giant sure. That’s how it began, after which final 12 months round July-August, we began capturing.

Whereas Hansal will need to have seen one thing in you, now while you look again, what was concerning the present that clicked with you?

The best way I’ve approached all my roles is to make it look completely actual. I need to make every of my characters memorable. I would like the viewers to not really feel it’s Pratik, quite they need to see me as a personality, a brand new particular person. I feel that helped me to get into the pores and skin of Harshad Mehta. With out inhibition, I may convert myself, bodily and mentally. I feel that attribute and my theatre stint helped me rather a lot to remain true to the position. Though there have been no bodily similarities, now after I look again, I feel after the transformation, I truly began trying like him. It was fairly stunning for me too.

So inform us just a little about making ready for the half?

I learn loads of materials to know the technicalities. Folks have mentioned and written rather a lot about him, handed judgment and even criticised him. There weren’t loads of movies, however I did see just a few images to know his physique language and persona.

As you rightly talked about, there was judgment and criticism. How did you retain all that apart to play the position objectively?

It does get troublesome when an excessive amount of about that particular person. I feel then one has to apply how one can study and unlearn. I solely concentrate on issues that will assist me to create traits and ignore the opposite issues. I needed to play it in a impartial means. Every part that occurred has been offered as it’s within the present. And we needed to maintain it open for the viewers to interpret.

So after enjoying the half, did you develop a notion?

Actually, I feel with all of the characters that I’ve performed, I’ve learnt that there’s a good and dangerous aspect to everybody. It’s the scenario that brings these sides to the fore. Therefore, you shouldn’t choose anyone completely primarily based on one incident. That may by no means serve a goal, it’s simply not the answer.

How was it to shoot a interval venture?

It was improbable. These classic vehicles, and bell backside pants…it was a really fascinating expertise. I used to be at school within the 90s, and have seen that point. It was like touring again in time for me, and that made it actually particular.

pratik gandhi, harshad mehta A nonetheless from Rip-off 1992 – The Harshad Mehta Story. (Photograph: PR Handout)

Most actors imagine that theatre offers delivery to actual actors. Since you have got been actively concerned in the identical, do you too imagine that acting on stage strengthens one’s craft?

Completely, I’ve at all times believed that theatre is an actor’s health club, the place you’ll be able to polish your abilities. Every part else is only a knockout match. Creating characters and performing it a number of instances helps one perceive the script from completely different views. It additionally teaches you self-discipline like no different medium. One other fascinating aspect is that the stage brings instantaneous gratification to you, be it the viewers reacting to your efficiency or a standing ovation. Nevertheless, all of it’s quick lived, and that you must begin afresh the following time you go on stage. Therefore theatre additionally makes you humble as you might be pretty much as good an actor as you carry out on that day. It teaches you to take every little thing with a pinch of salt and stay and act for that day.

And now that you’re foraying into the digital house, what’s your tackle the identical?

I feel it’s one of the best time for actors. The form of content material created for OTT platforms has modified the sport fully. There may be now a requirement for good actors. Storytelling has seen an unlimited change and I really feel comfortable to be round right now.

While you’re well-known in Gujarat, do you assume Rip-off 1992 might be your likelihood to heat as much as the Hindi talking viewers?

That’s what I hope for. This present is the most important milestone in my profession. It’s the most important venture and I hope I can attain out to the mainstream viewers and makers via the present. For actors, each a lot of these viewers are actually essential. It may appear too huge a need however I actually need to discover completely different mediums in all languages. That’s what I aspire to do.

Quickly a movie on the identical topic – The Massive Bull will launch. Are you able to be pitted towards Abhishek Bachchan, who performs the identical half as you?

Oh sure (laughs). I actually imagine there isn’t a comparability as they’re actually completely different initiatives. Whereas technically, it shouldn’t be a pit but when it occurs, I’m sport for it. That may even assist me perceive and expertise loads of issues.

Additionally starring Satish Kaushik, Sharib Hashmi, Anant Mahadevan, Nikhil Dwivedi, KK Raina, Lalit Parimoo, Rip-off 1992- The Harshad Mehta Story is streaming on SonyLIV.

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