Rajit Kapur’s portrayal of Byomkesh Baksi made him a hit on television and won him many accolades, not to mention, loyal fans. However, the National Award winning actor remains relaxed and unconcerned about the upcoming film on the iconic detective starring Sushant Singh Rajput. He, in fact, is busy working on multiple film projects and is also conducting acting workshops for actors in Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s upcoming show, Mahabharat.
What do you think of a movie being made on Byomkesh Bakshi?
I have nothing to think about this film as I am not part of it. (laughs) I played the role twenty years ago and I’m sure other people will play the role twenty years from now too. I enjoyed the simplicity of Byomkesh Bakshi.
What kind of memories do you associate with the show and the character?
I remember shooting in extreme heat in the month of May. Thankfully I was wearing a dhoti, so it wasn’t so bad. I wouldn’t even eat lunch properly, as I would just eat ice cream. We shot it like a film, so shooting in Kolkata was only for entries and exits. Byomkesh Bakshi is still embedded in people’s minds even today because it appealed to everyone, right from a five-year-old to maybe an 85-year-old. This became its USP.
Tell us about the workshops you are conducting for the upcoming show based on the Mahabharata.
Siddharth is a friend, so when he approached me, I agreed immediately. I’m not training them; the idea is to open them up as actors. Some of them have pronunciation issues; some are working on their volume levels, while others are improving their diction. Speech is very important in this show as the Hindi spoken is unlike what we speak in Mumbai. It’s pure Sanskritised Hindi. There are certain actors who had to learn specific speech patterns and rhythms, keeping their characters in mind. These workshops have been going on for a year now with some actors just joining in while others being on board for months.