Lord Krishna has many facets to his personality, and numerous TV shows have, over the years, tried to capture his essence. A number of actors have essayed also the role of Lord Krishna. Here, some of them share their memories of playing the character.
When people think of Krishna on the small screen, actor Nitish Bharadwaj comes to mind immediately for his role in BR Chopra’s superhit show Mahabharat. The role left a permanent mark on his career. “People of all ages touched my feet in public. They thought I was Lord Krishna. Playing the character got me a lot of respect; it also taught me humility,” Bharadwaj told HT in an interview earlier. He added that he felt playing God on-screen was daunting and it came with a lot of responsibility.
At the age of 13, Swapnil Joshi starred in Ramanand Sagar’s Shri Krishna. He essayed the role of an adolescent Krishna for the three years that he was on the show. The serial gained popularity and got him a huge fan following.
Saurabh Raaj Jain
I am grateful that I got the chance to play Krishna in Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s Mahabharat. It was a divine experience. Krishna has the traits of all nayaks (heroes) in him, so essaying his role was a huge responsibility and a daunting task. But thanks to my creative team and writers, I was able to pull it off. The response was overwhelming. I am glad that people enjoyed my performance as Krishna.
I played Krishna in Dwarkadheesh in 2012, and I wanted to essay the role again. I am glad that I got an opportunity in Nagarjun. I will play the role a 100 times if I get the chance. I can do other fictional roles, but there are high expectations when I play Krishna. It’s a challenge to convince people and when I am able to do that, it gives me a high. I owe a lot to that show and the role, as I began enjoying the process of acting because of it.
The experience of playing Krishna is a blissful. Audiences have told me that they are attached to my role of Lord Krishna in Suryaputra Karn, and have even prayed when they saw me on TV. I feel that everyone who has played Krishna has done a superb job. Before shoot, I would pray and chant his name, and asked for his divine grace and wisdom.
I am playing Lord Krishna in Ganga and Bhabhiji Sab Janti Hai. People loved me as a young and cute Krishna, and it was a huge compliment. I felt positive and serene while acting. I was careful to maintain the positive and vibrant look, and have positive thoughts in my mind while shooting. I wanted to play Lord Krishna at least once in my life, and that ambition has been fulfilled.
I played Krishna in Ekta Kapoor’s Mahabharat. Being his devotee, it was a pleasant experience. People who used to come on the sets used to ask for my blessings. I remember, even Ekta once touched my feet when I was in the get-up of Lord Krishna. It took time for me to get into character, as it isn’t easy to play God.