Actress Gauahar Khan calls her role in the web series ‘Bestseller’ as a ‘dream role’ for her. She candidly talks about her character and the challenges she faces to make it look more realistic.
Gauahar says: “It is a dream role. If you think about the length of my character, Mayanka, she’s there everywhere, in all the episodes and all the events of the story. If you see from the performance point of view, Mayanka has a multifaceted character, you can say she is the craziest chart on the show. And she’s somehow related to all the other characters on the show. She is not linear. Not only is she the wife of Tahir (Arjan Bajwa), but she also has her own complexities in her work life. So this role is something that came to me because of my prayers.”
The character of Gauahar Khan is not simple and has many complexities. And making these types of roles attractive and realistic is always a challenging job for an actor. Gauahar shares all those challenges she faced while playing.
Gauahar Khan added: “I think the biggest challenge was to keep it that real and not make it look cinematic. I think in any kind of thriller there will be screams and blood, there will be tension, there will be There are shocks here and there. And to make it very realistic is a challenge that comes through with Mayanka’s character. I understood her emotions while reading the script. I just wanted to keep her as real and relatable as possible.”
She talks about her efforts to get into character. The actress says: “We had a lot of table readings as a unit, all the characters knew exactly the parts and the relationship and correlation with everything else that goes on in the show. Every time we asked our director Mukul Abhyankar a question, he knew exactly the answer and reason behind every situation. About why something has to happen, or why it doesn’t have to happen.
“You know, film and television or any visual medium is actually a director’s medium. So you kind of have to take the lead from the director and go with how he perceives it, because he sees a whole image. Our director kept everyone together and steered us all in one direction, to make ‘Bestseller’ as believable and exciting as possible. I think that helped keep my character true to what she was.”
Gauahar Khan credits director Mukul Abhyankar for putting his best effort into the project and thinking about the needs of each actor.
“I think Mukul Abhyankar has poured his heart and soul into this project. I mean, he was involved on a very personal level. He made sure that as actors the kind of needs we had to perform, he catered to them. He gave us time when we needed it. He was so nice and after every day he said thank you. If there was even a slight delay in taking a photo, he would come up to him and say ‘sorry for the delay’ and nobody really does. No one caters to the needs of actors that much. There’s a lot of credit he deserves for making ‘Bestseller’.”
‘Bestseller’ is a psychological thriller starring Mithun Chakraborty, Shruti Haasan, Arjan Bajwa, Gauahar Khan, Satyajeet Dubey and Sonalee Kulkarni in prominent roles
The actress of ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ shares her working experience with co-actors and especially Mithun Chakraborty and says he is a fantastic actor and she learned a lot from him.
“Mithunda is fantastic to work with. He is actually a school, there is so much to learn from him. He basically teaches everyone what it’s like to be an absolutely natural actor. There is so much I have learned from him. He’s a nice person. He’s such a big star, but he’s just so friendly. Always keeps making jokes around us. I just enjoyed working with him. It was a great working atmosphere, when we are free we have a lot of fun.”
Gauahar Khan recalls a few moments behind the camera and the most memorable was when the entire crew was shooting at Neemrana Fort in Alwar, Rajasthan.
“We all had a great time. Actually, we all ate our lunches and dinners together. There was always great food as the production really spoiled us with great food. And especially one night in Neemrana Fort we were firing and the whole fort had to be lit up in one second. It was dark and the whole fortress behind us came to light.
“It was just breathtaking to see the whole fortress light up in front of us in a matter of seconds. It was just the best experience and we were just in awe of it and it was so cold. We were all freezing like I had to wear this backless dress and I didn’t have any winter clothes. I will never forget all these moments, especially lighting up the fortress in seconds,” she concludes.
Produced by Siddharth Malhotra’s Alchemy Production LLP and directed by Mukul Abhyankar, ‘Bestseller’ will be available on Prime Video from February 18.
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