First of Many: Akhilendra Mishra revisits Chandrakanta

I also did a four and a half minute long scene in a single shot. I thought this would be a good experiment. 2. From Kroor Singh’s signature laughter to his costume, Mishra remains one of the high points of this hit TV show. My co-stars were Shikha Swaroop, Shahbaz Khan, Mukesh Khanna, Krutika Desai, Pankaj Dheer and Irrfan Khan. She asked if I would like to play the villain Kroor Singh, the son of Vijaygarh’s Diwan who was in love with Chandrakanta. I told him to introduce me to her. Written by Mimansa Shekhar
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Published: April 1, 2020 8:22:57 am

From Mirchi Seth in Sarfarosh (1999) to Ravana in TV show Ramayan (2008), Akhilendra Mishra has played varied characters over the years. When I noticed that it was coming out of me repeatedly, I decided to make this sound my catchphrase. So, he gave me a number to contact her. I agreed. All of them were my seniors back then. One film or role that inspired you to become an actor? I was the only one who was new in this project. Here’s what the actor shared:
1. When the shooting began, I had a different get-up – a beautiful prince with a thin moustache. How did it come to you? Great rapport! My energy level, thought process and experience was different. I did very small parts in some projects, but that’s not where I understood the craft. But, by God’s grace, I did not require retakes because I went on the set fully prepared. She told me, “Do go on this get-up. 3. My friend Sudesh Bedi gave me the news that Nirja Guleri had come from Delhi to Mumbai to do the casting of a big TV show Chandrakanta, and she was looking for me. But I was still worried and kept thinking what should I do to ensure the audience recognises me behind this look. Kroor Singh was not a realistic character, but a stylised character. She then scrapped the entire first schedule and changed my look in the second schedule. Someone showed me where Nirja ji was sitting. 4. All these were my experiments as an actor. My first break came in Chandrakanta. I finally reached the place and saw a huge number of actors waiting in a hall. The audience is the biggest camera for us. Once, I did a laughter which was one minute and fifteen seconds long. Technical words like chin-up and chin-down were also new to me. How many retakes did you take? What was your first project? I remember, my show called Moteram Ka Satyagrah was going on at Prithvi Theatre. My name came as “introducing” in the credit roll. 5. Nirja ji started laughing, but I think she kept this in her mind. When I used to read my scenes, I used to utter “yuk”. I said I would be late as it was a Sunday and I had a technical rehearsal for a play. The only difference is the technical part as the frame is fixed, unlike the free movement we do on stage. How was the rapport with them when you got to meet or work with them again later? To perform in a tight frame became an issue in the beginning. Akhilendra Mishra made his film debut with Salman Khan-starrer Veergati. Were you nervous? Also Read | First of Many: Gajraj Rao | Vivek Oberoi | Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub | Rajpal Yadav | Rajeev Khandelwal | Govind Namdev | Neena Gupta | Pankaj Tripathi | Satish Kaushik | Mohit Raina | Shahid Kapoor | Anang Desai | Jimmy Sheirgill | Tabu | Harsh Chhaya | Gaurav Gera | Saurabh Shukla | Deepak Dobriyal | Seema Pahwa | Annup Sonii | Sayantani Ghosh | Annu Kapoor | Ajay Devgn | Vishal Malhotra | Rahul Khanna | Ashutosh Rana | Jaaved Jaaferi | Ashwath Bhatt | Varun Badola | Renuka Shahane | Taapsee Pannu | Manoj Bajpayee | Milind Soman | Rajkummar Rao
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Akhilendra Mishra

First of Many During Chandrakanta, I also got my first film, Veergati. If I do, I would be spoiling my own work. Next day, I called her and her assistant asked me to come over. I told the team that my name is ‘Kroor’ (cunning) and I am not even looking like that. That isn’t possible. She asked me if I had read Chandrakanta. Later, because it was easy, the kids caught on that and turned it into “yukko”. I cannot repeat Kroor Singh. She became happy that I was the first actor who told her honestly that I haven’t read the book, unlike others who said they have read it just to impress her. His role was for 10-12 episodes, and then he dies. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. He had a significant influence on our generation. Then, Prithviraj Kapoor and Balraj Sahni also influenced me. There was no audition system at that time. Who were your co-stars? The entire world will recognise you after this!” That was the look which everyone got to see finally. But that time, we did not have much knowledge about acting. An actor’s theatre background was enough. Seeing my new look, I told her now my face is just not visible and nobody will recognise me now. That’s how it became popular. What do you remember of your first day on set? He had a style in everything – in the way he laughed, walked, turned, spoke and moved the sword. That time was different. So how did Mishra land his debut role in Chandrakanta? What has been created, has been created. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. I was very active in theatre with 5-6 plays running at a time. Because we were from theatre, camera was nothing for us. But despite being in the industry for three decades, he is best remembered for playing the popular character of Kroor Singh in the iconic show Chandrakanta, which aired on Doordarshan between 1994 and 1996. She was in the process of meeting several theatre actors. I told this to Nirja ji who was surprised as catchphrases meant a word or a sentence, never a sound. I said no. So I thought I should do something so that even if people can’t see my face, they know me by my voice. While I was growing up, Amitabh Bachchan was the superstar. If given a chance to go back to your debut role, what’s that one thing you’d like to change or do better?