Ritvik Sahore of Dangal fame talks to IndianWikiMedia.com about his first digital experience

Actor Ritvik Sahore might be young in age (18 years), but his body of work certainly gives a clear picture of him being very talented in the art of acting!!

If his debut work in Ferrari Ki Sawaari announced his coming of age as an actor, his polished and adorable performance in the big flick Dangal set the tone for more of acclaim and opportunities!!

His recent debut work for the digital platform in Biswa Kalyan Rath’s Laakhon Mein Ek for Amazon Prime has been well-appreciated by viewers of all ages!!

As we know, Laakhon Mein Ek which streamed recently talks about the serious subject of the parents putting pressure on their kids to gain academic brilliance without even understanding their likes and dislikes. The web-series also focuses on the plight of such kids who decide to end their life rather than succumbing to the pressure put in by parents.

In the series, Ritvik played the central character of Aakash who is pushed into the IIT pressure even when he is not academically inclined.

Talking about his experience of working with the talented creator Biswa Kalyan Rath, Ritvik shares his thoughts with IndianWikiMedia.com. “Well, the moment I was offered this role in Biswa’s series, I never thought twice. Biswa is one of my favourite comedians; I have always enjoyed watching him. But when I got selected, I did not have any time for preparation. I had only five days as prep-time, and this was really daunting. But we worked together and it was real fun. Actually I was under the impression that this would be a fun web-series, considering the fact that Biswa was making it. But when I read the script, I realized that this was indeed a very serious concept. And when I was told that nearly four kids commit suicide every week owing to the daunting academic pressure, I wanted to do the role. The idea and motive of the web-series was to make a difference in the minds of people who saw it. We needed to drive home the fact that academic brilliance is not the biggest thing in life. Yes, playing this character was very different for me and challenging too. It took a toll as I got personally down. But overall, it was fun shooting for it. Biswa used to see to it that the shoot ambience was a fun place, especially because the concept was serious. He used to sit with us, crack jokes and get into lively conversations.”

He further adds, “Biswa is brutally very funny. He is fun to work with. He is very intelligent; he used to help us a lot. Working with Alam Khan and Jay Thakkar and the other kids was great too. I think I made few friends for life after working in Laakhon Mein Ek.”

Ritvik feels lucky that his parents have always supported his dream. Throwing light on the other side of the coin, Ritvik admits that, “Yes, there are few parents who force their kids to follow their (parents’) dream. By the time they realize their folly, it gets a bit too late. Not all can be academically brilliant. All have their own calling – it can be art, or music or academics. Every field gets its own importance in the society and this is what we need to understand. Having said this, education is necessary and all kids need to get the basic education. But the bigger aspect is that parents should support and motivate their kids to do whatever they want. Anything that is carried out with passion will get successful. Let’s accept it, every life is precious. And parents understand this slowly is what I feel.”

Talking about the support he gets from his parents, the young lad says, “My parents have always supported me in whatever I have wanted to do. Initially, I had never thought of becoming an actor. I was in a mall with my family when the assistant director of the movie Ferrari Ki Sawaari spotted me and asked me to audition for the movie. My dad at that point told me that I should give it a try if I wanted to. And when I got selected for it, my parents were happy that I was doing the movie. Once I started acting, I really felt that I was passionate about acting and I told my father that I like what I do. My dad motivated me further and only told me that I needed to pursue my education too along with acting. So yes, this is how it has been going. I am now doing my first year of degree in Bachelor of Mass Media. I try my best to work out my schedule for shoot and studies.”

Ask him about his Dangal experience and he is thrilled to reply, “It was a great experience working with Aamir Sir. In fact the entire family was very good. We became a family for real when we were shooting. Aamir Sir used to sit with us, and mingle with us very nicely.”

On the growth of the digital platform, Ritvik says, “See, I have not been an avid follower of the web-series. But I have watched the series on TVF. But after being part of Laakhon Mein Ek, I have realized that this is a medium to stay. It is rapidly growing with many big companies creating content for the web. It is going to grow immensely big in the next 3-4 years. The best part is that there is so much of good content on the web.”

We wish you luck, Ritvik!!

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