In the OTT world of crime thrillers happy are those who are in love with dark characters. Gagan Anand is one such actor who loves to play negative characters and he makes it a point to pick a different shade of grey each time. He will be seen in Alt Balaji and Zee5’s next outing, Bicchoo Ka Khel.
He says, “Dark roles have always fascinated me. Guns and gangs have always attracted me. I love to portray such characters on screen. It has not been too hard for me to step in that zone, but learning how to speak Banarasi for Bicchoo… was definitely a task. I had a few reading sessions with the dialogue writer and the director to get the proper diction.”
This Punjabi boy from Karnal started his career in the world of fashion and later shifted his focus to acting. He says, “From the first role which I played in Veera to many others, knowing Punjabi and Haryanvi worked well for me. For the first time I had to do homework for my dialogues. I would say that after this, I can easily pass off as a Banarasi.”
His passion for photography, fashion choreography and direction makes him a busy man. He adds, “I haven’t taken a break for the past two-three years except for the forced break due to the pandemic.” He is also planning to make his directorial debut with a Punjabi movie very soon.
In Bicchoo Ka Khel Gagan plays an assassin for which he had to work on his physique. “I couldn’t say no to this role because the dialogues are hilarious and I am sure viewers are going to enjoy it as much as we enjoyed filming it. After I watched Undekhi, there was no way I was going to let the opportunity of working with its director Ashish Shukla slip away.”
On sharing screen space with Munna Bhaiya of Mirzapur (Divyenndu Sharma), he says, “After the hype of Mirzapur, I was expecting him to be different, but he turned out to be a chilled-out guy.”
Having spent two years in Chandigarh during his graduation from Inter National Institute of Fashion Design more than a decade ago, he has memories of Sector 17 still fresh in his mind. “I miss the taste of North Indian food.”