Actor Abhishekh Khan, who started his career as a theatre artist, is reaping praises from all across the nation for his digital debut in ‘Bard of Blood’. The Netflix streaming web-series ‘Bard of Blood’ is based on the novel written by Bilal Siddiqui and is a political spy thriller, directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment. The 23-year-old actor Abhishekh Khan is seen playing the impressive character of Nusrat Marri, who is the leader of the Baluchistan Armed forces (BAF). He had to go through a lot of hard work and preparation to get into the skin of the character. In a conversation with IWMBuzz, Abhishekh Khan opens up more on his role, his transformation, the whole experience of the film and a lot more. Read to find out.
Your performance as a debutant in Netflix web series ‘Bard of Blood’ caught many people’s attention. How do you feel?
I feel great. Actually, I can’t even describe in words how happy I am. It’s indeed a huge thing for someone like me who’s an outsider to this industry. I never really imagined that my first would be with Emraan Hashmi.
How did you bag Bard of Blood?
Suddenly, out of nowhere, I got a call from Wayward Monk casting (a casting company by Prashant Singh). I went for it, did a few different scenes & I think after a week, I got a call from Red Chillies Entertainment & then I was signed on 5th September 2018 & then I got to know that the project I was signed for was “Bard of Blood”.
What transformation did you go through to get into Nusrat’s role?
I love this question the most, because a lot went into the transformation. I lost 9 kgs exactly to look thin, as my character is in the war zone. Then I got the right amount of tan, but obviously, I couldn’t fully achieve the things I wanted to do. But a big thanks to you to our costume designer, Fabeha ma’am. She made us look so authentic & likeable at the same time.
How was your experience working with actors like Emraan Hashmi, Viineet Kumar?
A big learning experience. All of them made me very comfortable & helped me throughout the shoot. And I feel privileged to work with all of them. Viineet sir, Emraan sir, Danish sir, Kirti ma’am, Shamaun da, Jaideep bhai & the list doesn’t end. They never behaved like stars & that’s what I’ve learnt from them, to stay grounded.
How was Ribhu Dasgupta as a filmmaker?
Excellent & flexible. Indeed the best. He’s one of the most hard-working people I’ve seen in my life till now. He always tried to get the best out of me. He made sure that I stand out as an actor. I’m thankful to him for everything I did as Nusrat.
Lastly, what types of role do you want to pursue here on?
There’s no answer to this actually. I’m still a newcomer & I don’t think I’m in a position to choose a project at such an early stage of my career.