Amar Upadhyay the seasoned actor and prolific performer is back with yet another author-backed role, that of Thakur Virendra Pratap Singh in Colors’ new presentation, Molkki produced by Balaji Telefilms.
Amar who is known as the original Mihir Virani of television has had an illustrious career, being part of some successful TV shows Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kalash, Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand, Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, Kkusum, Viraasat, Ishqbaaaz etc.
Says Amar, “I am very lucky to have bagged this role of Virendra Pratap Singh. He is a very humble, straight-forward, powerful man. He is the Mukhiya in the village. There have been few things that have troubled him in his past; the story revolves around how this girl Purvi comes into his life and what happens around him is the crux of the story.”
The concept of Molkki is a hard-hitting one that talks about the bride-buying custom that is prevalent in Haryana. “I actually did not know about this particular Pratha. People in Haryana know a lot about this. This custom is an age-old one and there are times when such customs are getting misused by the layman. I did not know what the word ‘Molkki’ was. I was shocked to hear about the custom being prevalent. I have got a friend in Haryana, and I talked to him to know more on this. So this was the first knowledge that I got about it. I am sure this show will give awareness to people in other parts of India about this particular custom and the pros and cons of it.”
“Every show and film has its story. We as actors need to be true to the character and understand its nuances. When you know your strengths and limitations in the character, it looks convincing and beautiful. That is when people connect to the characters. This is what I have learned over the years. The appearance, walk, talk and mannerisms, everything in a character is demanding,” states Amar.
For the role, Amar had to have a good preparation. “I had to learn Haryanvi accent. I had to adapt to the look of a Sarpanch with a mustache and turban.”
Ask him more about the character traits and Amar quips, “He’s not black. He is grey. He is a guy who does not open up to anybody. He has his wall in front of him. Lot of emotions are going on within him, but on the outside, he is strong and powerful. He has come up the hard way in life. The tragedy he has faced has shaken him completely. Overall, this is a very different character for me to portray.”
On Priyal, he states, “She’s very good. Priyal is a quick learner, and will do a great job in this role.”
On his return to the Balaji family, Amar explains, “It feels amazing to be with the Balaji family again. I am happy that such a good concept is being dealt with by Balaji Telefilms. I have had some amazing experiences working with Ekta. I am sure this will be another one.”
Amar is working on his first role with Colors. “I am happy to be associated with Colors. This is a beautiful concept, and we are all looking forward to the launch and beyond.”