Earlier, in another Sony TV’s show you had played Lord Hanuman. How does it feel playing the role once again?
Getting a chance to play the mighty Lord once again on the same channel for a show like Vighnaharta Ganesh is a wonderful feeling. I hope the viewers enjoy my portrayal of Bedi Walle Hanuman and learn the significance of his existence.
What is the relevance of the Jagannath Puri track in today’s time?
It is important to believe in yourself and the strength that you hold. There will be difficult times, but they will not last forever. Know that nothing is permanent and there is a solution to every problem.
How has been your experience shooting for the show?
Most of the artistes are new to the concept of chroma and VFX, so they observe and learn from me and in return, I too learn from them. Also, I have worked with some of the cast members earlier and shooting with them has been great.
Any particular scene that you felt was difficult to shoot?
The most difficult scenes were the ones where I had to fly. While all the safety precautions were taken into consideration, delivering dialogues mid-air did get challenging sometimes.
How many hours does it take for you to get ready for the part?
It takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes for me to get into the costume. Previously when I used to play Lord Hanuman, it used to take about 3 to 4 hours to get ready. But with time and practice, my hair and make-up team members are well aware of the specifics. Right from the tika to the setting of the denture to jewellery and costume, everything is done impeccably.
Are you a Hanuman bhakt?
Absolutely, since childhood, I have been reciting Hanuman Chalisa. I bow down to him daily. I am a believer and I believe in all deities.
How do you maintain your health?
Gyms are shut so I am not able to exercise a lot. But I have started training for the show now and the result will show for itself.
Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life?
My mother. There can be no bigger inspiration for me than her.