‘Playing a character like Dev is draining’
….says Ashish Chowdhry, who will be seen in the second season of Dev which will air on Colors TV. The actor also talks about how his character has newer nuances and why he is staying away from films
Ashish Chowdhry is back on television with the second season of his popular investigative thriller Dev. The show, which airs on Colors TV, created a lot of buzz in its first season. While promoting the show, the actor says that there are some astonishing changes this season. “Firstly, I was so surprised that it became a daily from a weekend show. It’s a complicated show to make and the writing is not easy, so it cannot be a daily show which will go on forever. Somewhere or the other, the writing will be difficult and unlike other daily soaps, we cannot shoot it today and air it tomorrow because of its linear narrative storytelling,” he says.
The structure of the show hasn’t changed, which is a good thing. “I liked the editing pattern in the first season. It didn’t look like any other show because of the way it was shot. This season, it’s looking even better,” he says.
The actor says that he has been told by the channel not to worry about TRPs which is comforting. “They want to make differential content for TV and probably give a whole new crime show, which no one has seen before. In fact, we will take a breather after this show and then come back for the third season,” he shares.
Ashish says that there will some newer nuances to his character. “Dev has a lot of anger bottled up. He won’t be as quirky as he was in the first season because he is not in a position to do so. He has to deal with his inner conflicts, so will be way more intense. He has also become a little more numb to the world. He will be more unpredictable than before and his love life too will not be smooth because he and his wife share a complicated love story,” says Ashish who will share screen space with Jigyasa Singh, Puja Banerjee and Amit Dolawat this season.
The actor, who has done TV shows, both fiction and non-fiction, like Ek Mutthi Aasmaan, Khatron Ke Khiladi: Darr Ka Blockbuster Returns, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8, says that playing a character like Dev drains him both physically and emotionally. “Usually, we read reports about certain actors fainting because of rigorous shooting schedules, but they at least shoot in one studio. We shoot outdoors, at different locations for 12 hours a day, so it’s very tiring, and I am a part of almost every scene,” says Ashish adding, “Mentally too it gets tiring because you are dealing with a dark subject and getting into understanding law.”
But Ashish says that he and the team don’t mind working hard because if they are providing content which is different from the rest, they have to put in a lot of effort. Dev’s success goes on to show that not just family dramas and saas-bahu sagas have a successful run on television but there is a section of the audience who wants out-of-the box content. “I was impressed with the channel’s commitment. They genuinely want to build the brand and need such shows on television and the web,” he adds.
Ashish, personally, is a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays Sherlock Holmes). “I think he is the finest portrayal of any detective ever in history of detective series. He himself is an acting school. That said, while playing the character, I haven’t tried to ape anybody though I have studied everybody,” says Ashish. As for his favourite shows, he says he enjoys watching Blacklist, Luther, Elementary. “I generally enjoy such shows and have watched the entire series.”
Before getting into TV, Ashish worked on several films like Dhamaal, Fight Club — Members Only, Girlfriend, Paying Guests, among others. But since he shifted to TV, he has been staying away from the big screen. It’s because he had a lack of choice when it came to roles. “All I had was comedy and I was tired of it,” he says, adding that now he is being offered film roles other than comedy but unfortunately, he cannot take up any movie assignments because he is committed to Dev right now.
Dev 2 will air on Colors channel Monday to Thursday at 10.30 pm.