Sunil Grover: Tandav was a new world for me as an actor


Over the last couple of years, we did get to see some mind blowing content and performances, and I hope you all like Tandav too. There is no fear at all. Don't Miss These StoriesKangana Ranaut to star in Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of DiddaBhoomi review: A poorly made filmAadhaar trailer: Vineet Kumar Singh is back with a social dramedyClick here for more

Produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Ali Abbas Zafar, the nine-episode political drama also features Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Gauahar Khan, Amyra Dastur, Mohd. It’s a fictionalised work based on the world of politics. How was it working with him again? The actor, who rose to fame with his comic avatars on television, is set to play a cunning, ruthless character Gurpal in the Amazon Prime Video original series. Aur jo pradhan mantri hai wahi iss desh ka raja hai. Honestly, I never though something like this would come my way. 2020 saw some amazing content being helmed on the web space. I have always tried to impersonate them and their speeches, and I still do the same. As an actor, how much does the medium excite you? That was very sweet and kind of him. In the show, you will see how the hunger game to achieve power leads to the dance of agony. I think there were a lot of topics which were a taboo but through web series, it became a dinner table discussion. I had this list of things I didn’t want to do anymore for a long time. Also, Ali knows his script so well and designs them before he comes on set. That’s how they get trained to become future world leaders. It is a dance form, which is quite aggressive. All I can hope now is that the chemistry can translate well on screen, and the audience enjoys watching it. Grover will be seen playing Samar’s (Saif Ali Khan) most trusted man, who has a dangerous and secret past. The show or me, personally do not believe in the same. Not at all, Tandav is set completely in a fiction world.  

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What side of the student politics will we see in Tandav. However, I feel the seed of politics gets ingrained at this level, and we can all hope that the power reaches the right hand. Saif has done so much work but has the energy of a newcomer. Since it was so fresh even for me, I am sure the audience will also take notice. It’s always an enriching experience to be with such great actors. Gurpal Chauhan is a very different role from what you’ll have seen me doing but I really can’t tell much about it.https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png
As for Tandav, everyone is running to achieve power and the chair, and the show gives an insight into what exactly happens behind the curtains. What made me more eager was the confidence he had that I could do something like this. Gurpal is a very defined character, who stands by his own. We will have to abide with whatever new regulations that come our way. What does Tandav mean to you? If you ask me to copy someone’s mannerism, I can do it but I would like to play a fictional character. His fresh approach towards his work was a learning for me. In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, Sunil Grover spoke about breaking out from his funny image, working on multi-starrers, collaborating with director Ali Abbas Zafar and more. Personally, I feel that somethings should be left to the audience’s discretion. Breaking out from your comedy image or working with such a stellar star cast – what was more exciting for you? Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Recently the digital medium has been put under the I&B Ministry. There is no reference to a political party. Stories that show the mirror to society, and can help gain some progressive thoughts. Do you think that can curb its freedom? The cast of course is an amazing one, and I had a wonderful time working with them. Ali called me and I was so excited, given it was a new world for me. Firstly, I feel really happy and lucky for being part of this beautiful show. Just that the story and character should be exciting for me. It’s your second collaboration with Ali Abbaz Zafar. How was the experience working with him? He is calm yet has so much fun with his team. It’s a serious drama but when you watch it, you realise it’s very humane, and that’s when you will relate and engage with it. There are some content, that of course, can cause a dent in our society but other than that, I think stories which can bring about a change should be promoted well. Hence, it becomes very easy for actors to perform on his vision. Written by Sana Farzeen
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January 14, 2021 12:07:05 pm

Sunil Grover plays Gurpal Chauhan in Tandav. The line that you are mentioning has been said through a character’s point of view. It is a challenge mostly for writers, and then of course the actors and director. You seem to have most scenes with Saif Ali Khan. Yes, Gurpal belongs to the same party as Samar Pratap Singh (Khan’s character). It will start streaming on Amazon Prime Video from January 15. You can always have a healthy discussion with him. He is such a dedicated, passionate actor. And what’s your take on it? When you work with such a big cast, does the fear of being lost in the crowd ever creep in your mind? The teaser had a dialogue- Iss desh ko ek hi chiz chalati hai, rajneeti. However, if I get to play the lead in a biopic of our historical heroes and leaders, I would love to do that. (Photo: Sunil Grover/Instagram)
More than the audience, Sunil Grover is excited to see himself in a different avatar in Tandav.  

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If you were given a chance to play a political figure, who would you chose? It was amazing to work with him. A maker can tell a longer story, and thus it gives better scope to actors to play their characters. That’s an amazing thing for any actor. The show will present the power game, and how student and politics at centre overlap in an interesting way. However, it also comes with a big challenge of retaining the audience’s attention for such a long time. He is as sarcastic as he was, there’s no change in that (laughs) It’s always lovely working with him given he is so approachable and easy going. Also, one should have trust in the script and the makers. Will there be any reference to the current government? I never felt he was such a profound actor, who has seen the world. And that’s what we need right now. And all of us use it as a metaphor to describe something that creates havoc. As for me, I never understood politics then, and neither do I now. Rather than thinking of getting lost I take it as a big opportunity to be part of something so wonderful. They know what they want to see and should have the option to chose. Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Sandhya Mridul, Annup Sonii, Hitten Ttejwani, Paresh Pahuja and Shonali Nagrani among others. Also, I remember, even when others would shoot for their close ups, he would stay around to give cues. Also, there’s a lot of freedom, creatively and time wise. Having worked with him earlier, I also share a strong trust factor with him, and I know whatever he will do will be good for me, and the project. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd

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Sunil Grover And given Gurpal is a very different part from what I have done, or been offered, Tandav was exciting for me. Its a new medium which is growing very rapidly. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Excerpts from the conversation…
Tell us something about Tandav and your role. He knows the script and is always well prepared.