Mythological and historical shows are a lot of hard work. The actors tell us why
canvas. Illustrious characters. Regal affair. Mythological and
historical shows are here to rule the small screen and garner TRPs like
no other. But making this blast from the past' look convincing is no
mean feat, say myth merchants. Not only do the actors need to work on
their physique, dialect and body language, it's increasingly becoming
important for them to pick up skills like horse-riding, elephant taming,
archery and sword fighting et al. We go beyond the reel to find out how
hard work is paying off in real.
NAME: Shaheer Sheikh SHOW: Mahabharat CHARACTER:Arjun SKILLS:Ancient weaponry TALK BACK: I've
learnt ancient ways of combat like cane fighting. I'm also honing my
skills in archery, horse-riding and sword fighting. Since I studied in a
Urdu medium school, I've trained under a Hindi teacher for diction. It
was important as I need to be comfortable while delivering the lines.
NAME: Mohit Raina SHOW: Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev CHARACTER: Mahadev SKILLS: Kathak TALK BACK:
I'm a trained dancer, but I had to learn Kathak since tandavinvolves
this form of dance. Indian classical dance is very difficult and happens
to be different from jive and hip hop, which I had learnt in the past.
Learning Kathak has been a whole new experience.
NAME: Rohit Bharadwaj SHOW: Mahabharat CHARACTER: Yudhisthir SKILLS: Throwing spears TALK BACK: I've
picked up acrobatics apart from learning to throw spears. Action
director Anand Shetty showed us some skills. Once, while riding a horse,
I fell off and hurt myself badly. I've been a theatre actor and
wouldn't go to the gym as it restricts movement. But now, I've started
hitting the gym to build the physique required for Yudhisthir.
NAME: Faisal Khan SHOW: Bharat Ka Veer Putra " Maharana Pratap CHARACTER: Maharana Pratap SKILLS: Horse-riding TALK BACK:
This is my first show, so I had to start from the basics, working on
both acting and body language. I did workshops on language training,
horse-riding and sword fighting. Initially, I was very scared of riding a
horse, but now I can do so with a considerable speed. It's been a good
Krip Suri SHOW: Savitri CHARACTER: Rahukaal SKILLS: Sword fighting TALK BACK: Twenty
five days before the shoot, I picked up sword fighting. I would
practise for three hours daily. We started with sticks, moved to wooden
swords and finally, took to original swords weighing around five kilos.
But I haven't injured myself or my opponent, thanks to the rigorous
training. I also did weight training for four months.
NAME:Charu Shankar SHOW: Malikaa CHARACTER: Mehrunissa SKILLS: Archery TALK BACK: Since
Mehrunissa is a proficient archer, my co-actor Karanvir Sharma and I
had to practise archery every day. Also, I went to the National Museum
in Delhi to see paintings from the Mughal era just to get acquainted
with Mehrunissa's world. While shooting in Bikaner, I dabbled in
horse-riding, which I had learnt as a youngster.
Rishabh Sharma SHOW: Jai Jai Jai Bajrangbali CHARACTER: Bal Hanuman SKILLS: Archery TALK BACK: To
master the way Hanumanji walks, talks and fights, I had to go through
various workshops and training modules. Being Hanuman, I require to
fly' in a lot of scenes. I trained in flying' for two weeks. Even
though the harness ensures my safety, I have to get the act right, since
my body has to remain parallel to the ground.