Cricketer-turned-actor Salil Ankola, who is playing Suryadev, Shani’s father on Colors’ upcoming show Karamphal Data Shani, was very sceptical about playing a mythological character on screen until he took up the role.
“I was always sceptical about doing a mythological drama. This is the first time I am playing such a larger-than-life character like Suryadev. While going through the process of understanding the character, I realised I can neither underplay nor overplay it. Rather, I have to find a midway to convincingly portray it.
“Thankfully I am working with a great director like Siddharth (Kumar Tewary) who is such a perfectionist and helping me with right brief to get all the nuances right,” Salil said.
The actor, who underwent physical training to wear a 22-kg costume, said, “When you look at the outcome you feel the satisfaction. Yes, the costume is heavy but it is going well with my physic and the look has come out fantastic. Hard work pays you see.”
Salil, who started his journey as a cricketer but had to retire due to injury, has been a successful actor on the small screen.
“Acting is fun, because you can live so many different characters on screen and portray them convincingly,” Salil said.
Though he was a sportsman, he was very quiet as a kid and loved reading mythology. “I was always interested to know the mystery behind how the planet was created, spirituality and astronomy. As I have a strong physique since childhood, people used to call me ‘Bheem’. Now that I am playing Suryadev, I am exploring my all time favourite genre again.”
Karamphal Data Shani is written, directed and produced by Siddharth Kumar Tewary under his company Swastik Pictures.
The show will be premiered on November 7.
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