The audience has seen many cops grace the screen. How will Mum Bhai’s encounter specialist Bhaskar Shetty have that extra edge?
Apart from being a massy and commercial project, we have really worked on the script and this character.
It is a very layered character.
It’s a graph which goes from his childhood to the man he becomes and from the police officer to encounter specialist he becomes.
I’ts a different kind of performance.
It’s not heroic, it’s actor-driven.
Sometimes people just see dialogue baazi but that is not the case here.
It connects to the common man in a very big way.
Mum Bhai uses the done-to death backdrop of the 1980s and 1990s Mumbai underworld. What’s the attraction in it now for an over-exposed audience?
When you see a gangster story, you think of Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai or Shootout at Lokhandwala.
This is a story of an encounter specialist.
He has seen a lot of underworld and has followed the graph of all those characters.
The narrative is from his point of view, the difficulties he faces.
The narrative does not belong to the underworld and the gangsters.
The growth of this character the rise and fall of an encounter specialist -- is very internalised and humanised.
Everybody starts good, right?
Nobody is born bad.
Nobody is born materialistic and greedy.
It’s the ambition that drives you.
An honest ambition can drive you well, but a corrupt ambition takes you in another zone altogether.
Bhaskar Shetty is a fictional character. Did you meet any encounter specialist to prepare for the role?
I have a theory in life and I have done that for all the characters I have portrayed, be it Robin, be it The Zoya Factor or Namit in Tiger Zinda Hai.
I have never tried to form an idea based on someone else’s life. There is a very thin line between playing a character and imitating one.
Sometimes in your subconscious, you are trying to follow a person when you read about him or see his interview.
You try to copy him, but there is no potential as an actor.
If you are trying to showcase elements in your performance that have been not seen before, it can only happen if you internalise it at some level.
That’s what I did.
Like, the way I played Rajveer Singh in PINK, I didn’t have a reference point.
I felt I wanted to be slightly quiet.
I thought the power will come out, so lets work at that.
Another mannerism was that he would not look in the eye.
Rajveer is somebody who is a very pure person at heart, and he reminded me when I was 15 years old and wanted to play cricket.
I wanted to play cricket for the love of the game, not because of the money. Not because someday, it would give me fat cheques for doing big endorsements.
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