My eyes do the speaking, says actor Prakhar Toshniwal

  • When did you realise that you wanted to be an actor?

I grew up in the period when Aamir Khan used to do one film every year and experiment with very different formats like Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini, 3 Idiots, etc. All his experiments worked and I was in awe of him and his work. That’s probably when I was so influenced by his work that I wanted to be a part of this industry.

  • Did you refuse a TV show after Ishqbaaaz?

What matters to me is a good script and a challenging role, no matter what the medium is. I never restricted myself to television. I am relatively new to the industry and this is the right time to explore all mediums. Right after Ishqbaaaz, I took up projects which tested the versatility of the actor in me.

  • What is your role in Jamai 2.0?

I am playing the central character of the plot, Ajit Patel, who is Roshini’s (Nia Sharma) brother and has been convicted for the murder of Sid’s (Ravi Dubey) sister. His mother DD (Achint Kaur) pronounced him dead and locked him down in a basement in order to save him from going to jail.

  • What is your best feature?

I think it’s the eyes. I have been told that they speak about what’s going on inside my head. Also, most people think I use soorma to highlight my eyelashes.

  • How’s it working with Ravi Dubey and Nia Sharma?

Ravi Dubey and Nia Sharma are fantastic actors. They switch in and out of the characters like water. Their on-screen chemistry is actually a derivative of their off-screen friendship. And the best part is their stardom never affected their humility. I can say this without hesitation that they love me.

  • Any interesting on-set incident to share?

The very first day when I met Ravi Dubey and Nia Sharma, we were shooting for the final showdown scene. It was a heavily emotional sequence with a lot of action too. No body-doubles were used for the action sequence and whatever you see on the screen is purely organic.

  • What is the best thing about the entertainment industry?

The best part is how it influences our lives and shows a mirror to society. You think of a movie when you define romance, you think of a movie when you go through depression, you think of a movie to get inspired, you think of a movie to relax.

  • If not an actor what would you have been?

I would have been a choreographer. I love dancing. I never went to proper dance training institutes except for attending a couple of workshops.

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