's upcoming serial Chandrakanta is much awaited by fans and Gaurav Khanna
will be seen playing Virendra Singh in the show.
The plot revolves around a princess, a rivalry and a paheli all set in a fictional kingdom of Vijaygarh. The historical costume drama has star attractions to speak of and we caught the lead actor in a candid interview.
From his favourite traits to being a lover, here's everything you need to know about his character on the show!
Gaurav, everything in the show is on such a grand scale, how do you make sure it doesn't overpower your performance?
As an actor, there isn't much one can do. With the medium in which we're working, the control on our acting is all we have. I would say the setup is rather an empowering thing. All actors and departments do their best. When everyone does their part well, it becomes a grand scale!
Are there any pre-shoot rituals that help you snap into the character?
I'm an impromptu actor, that's how I've always been. I am not a trained actor and I'm still learning. The moment the director says 'action' I snap into character and that works for me. If I try to add something I'll lose my uniqueness. It's not easy to play a character like Virendra.
In fact, we haven't done any workshops! My producer, Nikhil Sinha told me about the characters he visualizes and I did my own homework. I watched a couple of films, read about the characters and studied their body language.
Which was your favourite film and actor?
I think Gladiator. It was very real. I also liked Troy but if you compare me as an actor I would pick Russell Crowe. His character Maximus was very real. He had bodybuilders around him but he remained real (realistic body).
Even I could have gone to the gym and got myself abs, it's easy to get that. But, we wanted to keep him in the real space. He should look like he can hit those 5 people in combat. I can get slim, get abs and have a sunken face in the process, it may look impressive but it isn't real. So my homework is for keeping it in the real space.
Do you see yourself as more of a medieval age lover or a medieval age warrior?
I think lover because you cannot be a warrior if you're not a lover. Because you have to love something to fight for it. (I'm amazing with these answers hahah.)
What do you like about Chandrakanta's character?
What I like is she's a strong character. She isn't a plain Jane character jinko madad ki zarurat hai yet Virendra is also there to help her. She's a strongly opinionated character. But, every girl has a dream that there will be a knight in shining armor who will come for her and, I'm lucky I'm portraying it.
What is your favourite thing about Virendra?
I like how he's super focused. In the initial part of the story, he's adamant that he does not like the girl and he doesn't know how to talk to the girl. Later as the story shifts, love becomes the main focus. That transformation is my favourite part. It is that what you guys should look out for!
What traits do you not relate to?
One trait is that he is very unkempt and uncouth. He's quite the barbarian who doesn't know how to talk to women. I think I'm better with females in real life (haha). He's really raw, in his hold, his way to address people. Not a gentleman at all. He's a barbarian and that's what we want to show. The transformation of a killer to a lover!
Good luck Gaurav!