Nandish Sandhu on playing Anand Kumar’s brother in Super 30: The challenge was to bring their bond alive on screen


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Even before it could release, Super 30 got clouded by controversies. That’s the basic key to any performance and every actor should learn from them. As a team, we were confident and everything was well-thought out. They have such a beautiful bond. Just look at how Vikrant Massey or Rajkummar Rao have built their careers. It was amazing. Also read | Super 30 movie review: The Hrithik Roshan starrer is way less than super
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Although not much is known about Pranav Kumar, Anand Kumar, in all his interviews, has spoken about the importance of his brother’s role in forming Super 30. But that time, we chose to focus only on our film. I will be making an announcement after a few weeks. We knew we had made a good film. Everybody who does a justified job gets accepted. This being your debut film, were you apprehensive of Hrithik hogging all the limelight as Super 30 is mostly his film? 0
Comment(s) The best thing is that I am completely inspired by the story. Their purity of thought, intention and emotion have left me touched. If you are talented, people will pay to watch you. In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, Nandish opened up about Super 30, working with Hrithik, criticism and controversies around the film and more. We knew the law would take its course. As someone who is just starting his Bollywood career, did it affect you in any way? With TV, creatives are changed within hours. I was called by the team, they told me about the role, we did auditions, screen tests and numerous meetings before I was finalised. The much-loved show made Nandish a popular star overnight. How did Super 30 happen? What are you taking back home from Super 30? But honestly, with Hrithik sir around, it actually became a cakewalk. Also, the most thrilling part was that I got to do a real life character in my debut project. I went through the entire process that usually happens in a film’s casting. But there’s a lot to learn as an actor for me right now. Advertising

Starting his career as a model, Nandish made his TV debut with Kasturi. What’s next for you? Yes, if you did it half-heartedly or without conviction, it would have shaken us. There is so much of detailing involved, that you need the time. The trailer also garnered criticisms with people mocking the accent and the darkened skin colour of the characters…
I have realised that all this is a part of a movie release. Super 30 has a great script, a touching and inspiring story, which is high on emotions. The challenge was definitely to bring that same bond and chemistry alive on screen. But fortunately, times have changed and today, what really sells is a good story. They were not trained actors but have done a brilliant job. Advertising

What was your first reaction when you got to know you will be playing Hrithik Roshan’s brother? As it was my first film, I was lucky to be working with Hrithik. Last seen in Yeh Vaada Raha, the actor shared that he is now eyeing Bollywood. Also, the kids, who have worked with us, have left a huge impact. Excerpts from the conversation. Any plans of getting back on the small screen? It was actually a long process. Lots of memories and learning. But when you know why have you done those things, all these comments don’t matter. Advertising

There’s Family of Thakurganj next week. I have prayed for such a good debut and I couldn’t have asked for more. Positives and negatives will come your way. Well, it was not something that just fell into my lap. More than being extremely talented, he is a great human being. The audience has become smarter and films are more about characters than heroes. No, it didn’t make any difference. And I can confidently say this as next week my film Family of Thakurganj as a lead is also releasing. And his brother has been a constant support and an equal in this journey. Honestly, for now, I want to focus on films. I started my journey on television and I have immense respect for the medium. In films and now even on the web, there is a lot of thought given and there’s time to prepare. And then I am in talks for another good project, but I am not allowed to talk about it. As for the differences, everything is different in the mediums be it the creative process or even how it’s shot. Everybody wants to do a lead role in a big film. But it was Uttaran that changed the actor’s fortune. What kind of preparation went into the role? This was not only a good role but a great film with an amazing script. We have overcome that phase. He really made me comfortable. There is no stigma or typecasting. We couldn’t let these things distract us as that would have spoiled all our efforts. And I think the bond that we built did translate on screen. I feel fortunate, as for a while now, I was longing to play a ‘real’ person. What were your initial challenges of playing him? As a team, we decided to just concentrate on the film and our parts. It is a performance oriented character that anyone would love to do. I even met Pranav Kumar, the character I had to play. The film is about Anand Kumar and his struggles.