Hans Raj’s lover’s point was my hang-out spot, says actor Pranav Sachdev

Delhi-based actor Pranav Sachdev speaks about his love for acting, his good ol’ college days and playing the ‘anti- hero’ onscreen.

delhi Updated: Feb 19, 2018 17:16 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
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Actor Pranav Sachdev speaks on playing the antagonist in web shows,and why he wants to shift the film Industry to Delhi.

An actor should always be working — that’s the life’s mantra for Delhi boy, actor Pranav Sachdev. His recent show, Dilliwood, which is even conceptualised by him, narrates the story of three strugglers in Mumbai who have a dream to make it big in Bollywood. And, Pranav, who is a believer of this idea, says, “The idea of shifting from Delhi to Mumbai was painful. So I thought, if it can happen in Mumbai, why not in Delhi? It’s feasible to shoot in Delhi since many Bollywood films are shot here,” he says.

An alumnus of Hans Raj College, Sachdev reminisces his college days with fondness and says that they were a mix of youth-oriented films, such as Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Rang De Basanti (2006) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2012). Time and again, Pranav returns to his college to perfect his accent for Delhi-boy roles. He says,“I used to bunk classes and do intense theatre. The lovers point was my hang-out spot. Delhi will always be home. The changing seasons bring back memories of different places. For example, now I’m missing North Campus because it’s the time of the [college] fests.”

With theatre shows, such as Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai Na, Delhi-ciously Chekhov, The Makkhichoos, to his credit, the 25-year-old’s tryst with acting started at a young age. “I did my first TV show, when I was five for DD National. [Later] I started to do theatre with my guide-director Raj Upadhyay.” From interesting narratives to the liberty to dabble in various themes, web shows are the talk of the town and Pranav loves the creative freedom the medium offers. “TV can get a bit boring after a while. But, with web, one gets to experiment a lot and I’m enjoying this space,” he says.

However, the actor does not take this as a stepping stone for Bollywood and doesn’t mind portraying negative characters on screen. “As long as I can get up every morning and act, I’m happy. When you play a villain, you have the liberty to do different things as bad people don’t have limits. He [Bhatt] tells me ‘Teri shakal badi innocent hain toh contrast bada jamta hai’,” says Pranav, who will be seen as a schizophrenic serial killer in a web show, directed by Vikram Bhatt.

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First Published: Feb 19, 2018 17:16 IST