In conversation with Tellybuzz, Praneet talks about what made him choose the role of Shakuni mama who is out and out an antagonist.
When asked Praneet on what made him take up the role of Shakuni Mama he said, "Well this was my dream role. I wanted to play a negative role by all means. I have done comedy, I have done serious roles as well but I wanted to do negative roles this time and there was no better negative role than playing the role of Shakuni as he is the milestone of being negative."
Elaborating more about his character, Praneet opines, "If you see him there is a reason why Shakuni is negative, his love for his sister is such that makes him blind. I would also say that every character in Mahabharat
is someway or the other different and there is a reason why Mahabharat
happened. Why Lord Krishna had to come, why Duryodhan was arrogant, why Gandhari had to get blindfolded, why Satyawati was so ambitious, if you read Mahabharat
once you will surely get to know the answers."
Everyone prepared and grilled themselves for a year to get into the skin of the character so did Praneet, talking about his regime for a year he shared, "I would say that I did watch Mahabharat
when I was young but yes, we have been trained to use weapons and have also learnt horse riding. We have studied about the epic Mahabharat
and have read six different versions of Mahabharat
and we were told in the workshop, not to watch any episodes of previous Mahabharat
so that we actually bring in the originality in the new version of Mahabharat
with our original thinking capabilities. We are not copying or getting inspired by any actors. We are not comparing earlier Mahabharat
with this Mahabharat
. This new version is for everyone who has seen Mahabharat
and who hasn't. We are fully equipped with technology as well as we are knowledgeable enough that every nuances has been shown in the new Mahabharat
"Everyday when I wake up, I talk to myself and think what would Shakuni mama do in a situation like we have been trained and drilled this way. I love the character of Shakuni as he is focused, he is smart and an amazing planner. In Mahabharat
people had to prove themselves to occupy the place of a king who was in power at that time," he added.
We asked him what does this new Mahabharat
have in offerings and Praneet says, "I would not like to compare anyone of us with B.R.Chopra's Mahabharat
. I feel they are legends and there can be no comparison with the legend. We all are doing our job, playing our part and we are also enjoying it at the same time."
Praneet coincidentally celebrates his birthday today and its a double celebration for him as his entry in the show will be showcased in tonight's episode.
We asked him about his birthday plans and Praneet says, "I am glad that I am celebrating my birthday today as it will be Shakuni mama's birthday as well. I will party tonight after we pack up and I am glad that its my entry tonight as well. It's a double celebration for me."
When quizzed Praneet about the similarities between him and Shakuni he said, "I am very much like Shakuni in many ways. I am not negative but yes I also love my sister the same way and I am also a mama. I love my niece very much. I got Mahabharat
when my sister gave birth to a girl, so I am a mama in real too. Moreover I just wanted to do the role of Shakuni mama."
He concluded by giving a thoughtful message to his fans, "I would like to tell the audience to sit back and enjoy Mahabharat
but not to take it literally by creating Mahabharat
in real life".
All the best Praneet for his show and we wish you a very Happy Birthday too!!