Gandharv Dewan, the talented actor, who has worked on many well-named films like The Zoya Factor, Shiddat, and web series like Office vs. Office (TVF), Life Sahi Hai 2 (Zee 5), Joint Venture (Men’s XP) and Thoda Adjust Please, has also made a niche for himself with his work in several Bollywood film. The actor, who recently played a pivotal role in the movie “Gulmohar” on Disney+ Hotstar, spoke exclusively with IWMBuzz about his character in the movie, expectations from the role, and more. Read on:
How was your experience working on Gulmohar?
Gulmohar, out of all the films I have done, has been my best working experience. I think I haven’t worked with a more honest or more talented bunch of actors and also the crew. I haven’t talked a lot about the crew, so I wanted to say that everyone from makeup, DOPs, and assistant directors’ lineup were incredible individuals. Initially, it was unnervingly for me as there were credible actors. I had to be on my A-game craft-wise. What made this film more special was that I was shooting one day before my wedding and also on the day of my reception, I was shooting that morning. In fact from the signing amount, I purchased the ring to propose to my wife. So also for this reason, the film has been extra special for me.
Was there a particularly challenging scene in the movie? If not, which was the most interesting scene for you?
There was this fight sequence in the film, as overall there is no violence or action sequence in the film so it was kind of challenging for everyone. It took a lot of time to film until Manoj Sir came in, he got all his experience and made it smooth. Apart from that everything was fun as everything was at ease. It was great shooting with Santhy, Jatin, and Chandan. Honestly, nothing felt challenging as it was usually fun and relaxed on set.
Tell us more about your character and how did you prepare for it…
I play a shifting supervisor in a Movers and Packers company called Clintus that has been hired to do the shifting of the house. For preparation, I have spent a lot of time packing in go-downs, the packing owners were based in the UK, so the director was kind enough to arrange a few Zoom calls with them and I also spent a whole day with packers. After a table reading session, Manoj Sir took a workshop with the entire cast. In every way, it was a great experience. There was a lot of preparation before the table reading. Did a lot of reading with Rahul carefully and understood. For the look, the work was done in detail with Sheetal Sharma. Pooja Swarup also took workshops for us.
Who is that one dream co-star you would like to work with and why?
From childhood, the very 1st film he watched was Kabhi Haan, Kabhi Na. And my love for Cinema started after watching Shahrukh Khan that evening. Basically, also being from Delhi, I think he’s been a big inspiration and I’m his fan. If I get to work with him, it’ll be dream-like. I want to work with Nasir, Rasika Duggal, and Tabu Ma’am. Divyendu Sharma is another actor that I think is exceptional.
In the future, what type of role would you like to take on and why?
I think I realized after working in Gulmohar I use to come back to the hotel really happy from the set. People were sincere and the work environment was very good. I am very clear that I want to work on very good scripts and want to collaborate with passionate professionals. I want to attempt the roles that challenge me, I of course would love to do projects where I get to play the lead in the scripts. I have done it in the past and have loved the responsibility and have found it to be exciting. Very well-written scripts backed by accomplished and invested directors and team is what I look forward to.
What are your upcoming projects?
I have done a film Mai Ladega which is directed by Gaurav Rana and produced by Katakar’s film. I play a Sardar Boxer in it. I will also be a part of the Yash Raj project called The Railway Men.