In conversation with Karanvir Sharma

I am lucky to have come at a time when the old TV and film boundaries are crumbling: Karanvir Sharma

Karanvir Sharma, currently seen in SAB TV show, Mangalam Dangalam, is waiting for his next film with Sunny Deol and Karan Kapadia to release next month. “I play an anti-terrorism officer, who has to get out of a particular situation in Blank (directed by Behzad Khambata). It was quite hectic, given that I had to pick up mixed martial arts for the role.”

Karanveer had first begun his career with films like Zid and Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana. Then he did 24, Season 2 with Anil Kapoor.

“I am lucky to have come at a time when the old TV and film boundaries are crumbling.” He had also played an important role in Alt Balaji web series, Haq Se. “A sequel is certainly in the offing, given the huge positive response it got in its first season. I also look forward to the same, for we artists had a blast shooting in Kashmir, with some great screenplay thrown in for good measure.”

Talking about acting in films and TV, he says, “Both have their respective sets of challenges. In films, you need to do lots of prep to remain in character, given staggered schedules. Also, at times, you shoot the climax first and then the beginning.”

“On the other hand, linear daily TV is also not easy for you have to be quick on your feet, delivering 22 minutes of content every day, come what may.”

Karan, who has also acted in TV commercials, added, “TVCs are quite similar to daily soaps in the sense that both are heavily dependent on audience tastes. A small screen show only goes on air after lots of research. Storyboards and character sketches are also subject to rating pulls and pressure, unlike films, where you make the product on your personal belief and then leave it to the audiences to decide.”

Coming to Mangalam Dangalam, he is enjoying playing the lawyer character who needs to keep impressing his tough-to-please father-in-law. “It is a treat working with senior artists like Manoj Joshi. We have a kind of Tom and Jerry equation character wise, where I am the crafty mouse. The best part is that our humour is slice of life and not caricaturish. Agreed we have slapstick moments where cinematic liberties are taken, but on the whole, it is very light fun, delivered in a conversational style.”

“Since both Manojji and I come from cinema, we have the additional burden of walking the talk that cinema stars bring heft to the TV table. So a lot of hard work and mutual give and take is required,” he ends.

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