Ashish Sharma who featured in Dibakar Bannerjee’s Love Sex Dhoka didn’t cash in on the success of the film by signing half a dozen movies instantly. He instead chose the upcoming Imagine daily, Gunahon Ka Devta, to ensure that he doesn’t go out of sight and out of mind. Sharma’s character, Avdesh Singh Thakur, is inspired by Shri Prakash Shukla, a UP based gangster who was killed in an encounter in 1998.
“A lot of people think it’s a foolish step but for me, TV is just another medium. Size doesn’t score over, it’s all about creative satisfaction,” argues Sharma, who would also like to venture into theatre, if an opportunity comes by.
When asked if he’s apprehensive that Gunahon Ka Devta, set against a crime backdrop, might find it difficult to find footing in the crowd of reality shows and daily kitchen politics, Sharma says, “It’s something novel for the audience. Unless we serve them something different, we’ll not know what works and what doesn’t.”
His character’s foray into crime is not too different from gangster Shukla’s who changed tracks after killing a feared local ruffian who whistled at his sister. “No, Avdhesh is urged on by his sister-in-law after his family is massacred while returning home from his brother’s wedding,” the actor explains.
Wouldn’t the show glorify crime? Sharma disagrees, “Gunahon Ka Devta is more about Avdhesh’s journey through emotions and transformations. Crime is just a backdrop. Unlike Shri Prakash Shukla, Avdhesh has a clean heart.”