"It's a double celebration for me": Praneet Bhatt

Praneet Bhatt essaying the role of Shakuni mama is all set to make a grand entry in tonight's episode. Also the actor is very much delighted to celebrate his birthday today.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 4:05:47 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Praneet Bhatt the handsome hunk who was seen in Surveen Guggal - Topper of the year as Jolly on Channel V, has also worked in few more shows. Praneet is now back in a pivotal role in one of the key characters of Swastik Pictures Mahabharat on Star Plus as Shakuni mama.

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!!

Ruchita Mishra

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Posted on: 06 October 2013 at 1:31am
He is great as Shakuni.
Fab acting.

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Posted on: 01 October 2013 at 10:06am
seen u today in mahabarat...awesome part ...

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Posted on: 27 September 2013 at 3:44am
Happy b'dy praneet... all d bets for ur new role. ADI SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 7:36am
Praneet bhatt. You are one of the main reasons why I am watching mahabharat. I am eagerly awaiting your entry Adi sir.

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Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 7:18am
Happy Birthday Mr.Praneet..looking 4wrd for ur entry in today's eps. Mahabharat rocks :)

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Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 6:54am
Happy birthday Praneet Bhatt. Mahabharat rocks !!!

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Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 6:37am
Well said Praneet! Shakuni was one of the most intelligent people in Mahabharat, according to me. He managed to fool 2 kings and a whole lot of others. Shakuni wasn't really negative, he was a blind man, but he was blinded by love rather than in reality.

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