For the past few months, we have seen Tushar Dalvi play Sai Baba in Sony Entertainment Television’s Mere Sai. Now, the actor has attempted a completely different genre -- he is playing a pivotal role in Anurag Kashyap’s next project – Choked. The Netflix Original also stars Saiyami Kher and Roshan Mathews.
Without divulging too many details, Tushar says that Choked is a contemporary film. “It’s been directed by Anurag Kashyap, so it has all his trademarks. He has always explored the dark side of human nature, but this one has a more social aspect to it. So, it’s a bit different from his other projects,” he says.
The actor can’t stop gushing about the Gangs of Wasseypur filmmaker and says that he considers himself lucky to get a chance to work with Anurag.
“The kind of storytelling he does shows that he understands the medium. He’s got a unique style. As an actor, I am fortunate to work with him -- he is an actor’s director; he is constantly improvising on the set. He will change certain things as well as give freedom to the actor. He shows confidence in the actor,” Tushar says, adding that he knew Anurag socially. “Though I am a fan of his work, I didn’t know his working style. But he made me so comfortable as an actor. I wanted to try different things. He is a very good writer himself, so for him, what mattered was that the actor managed to feel the scene. It was different and a one-of-its-kind experience for me,” says the actor who has acted both in Marathi and Hindi industry.
Choked must have been quite a change for him after playing a character like Sai Baba. Tushar says that as an actor, he has been doing theatre, TV and films and tries to strike a balance between different mediums and roles because that gives him a ‘high’.
“When I am playing an iconic character like Sai Baba, it’s a completely different challenge and experience because he is worshipped across the world. I had to make that character believable. In another project, where we are doing William Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Marathi, I am playing Claudius, which is a completely negative character,” he says, adding, “As an actor, we have to try reinventing ourselves, only then will we be able to bring newness to the character and engage with the audience.”
The actor, who has done many TV shows like Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Kanoon, Lakhon Me Ek, Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev and others, says that he picks projects where his character is contributing to the story.
“It should not happen that my character makes no difference to the story. The length of the role isn’t a problem, but it needs to contribute in a certain manner,” he says before signing off.