"Mahabharat has really given me a creative challenge" - Praneet Bhatt

Antagonist of the mythological show Mahabharat, Praneet Bhatt who is playing the famous character of Shakuni in the show which airs on Star Plus, talks about his character in the show, his experience of acting and much more in conversation with TellyBuzz.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 | 11:21:22 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The talented actor Praneet Bhatt, who was earlier seen in the show Geet Hui Sabse Parayi which aired on Star One, is now seen playing the role of Shakuni in Producer Siddharth Kumar Tiwary's mythological show Mahabharat on Star Plus. Praneet started his career in acting through theatre and then moved a step ahead and tried his luck into television.

We got in touch with Praneet to know more about his career, on how life has changed being a part of the mythological show Mahabharat, the difference between acting in Theatre and Television and much more...

Here it is what Praneet shared with us...

When asked him about how it feels to be a part of the show Mahabharat, Praneet says, "I am really happy to be a part of this show. Mahabharat has really given me a creative challenge and helped me polish my acting skills, which has been of great help. This show has brought me into the limelight of television with the character of Shakuni, I have got a lot of recognition through this show and I am very happy with this fact."

We quizzed him over the question on how he bagged the role of Shakuni. Here it is what Praneet said, "I was called for the audition of a mythological show for which I happily went. I gave my screen test and I was offered two positive roles, but I was very much adamant on taking up a negative role, I wanted to play the role of Shakuni. Later, I was finally signed for the role of Shakuni and that's how this show and the role happened to me."

Praneet finds the producer of the show extremely hardworking and he is encouraged by working along with him, "Siddharth Kumat Tewaryji is a man of his words, extremely hardworking and walks with a clear vision. I have learnt from him that one must really work hard in order to achieve a great success in life. He is very encouraging and I am inspired by him," says Praneet.

The character of Shakuni does not have one eye, hence Praneet is always supposed to keep his one eye closed while acting. We asked him on how difficult is that to do and he says, "It is all the practice of being into the character that comes to me from my theatre background. I was given the choice to wear the one eye cloth over or stick something over my eyes, but I chose to close my one eye instead of wearing an eye cloth. It actually adds a lot of reality to the character too."

When we asked Praneet on has the theatre background helped him getting into television and the difference he finds between acting in television shows and doing plays? He says, "The depth and the intensity of the characters and roles that you do on television is easy to portray because theatre trains you in polishing your acting skills. So yes, definitely the theatre background has really helped me into television shows."

Further he elaborated saying, "Acting in Theatre is quite different than acting in television shows. In theatre you have no re-takes happening as everything is live and depends all on your confidence, everything just ends in one take, but in television we have re-takes and have to manage our hectic shooting schedule."

We wish Praneet Bhatt all the very best for his future endeavors.

Krishma Solanki

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Posted on: 03 March 2014 at 3:53am
love u as adi.. we loe u praneet and geet-hui sabse parayi rocks! mahabharat is fine!

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Posted on: 05 January 2014 at 9:34am
m so happy...met praneet today...

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Posted on: 01 December 2013 at 10:55pm
i loved him as adi..
now as shakuni too
both are way too differrent
n he is doing great..

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Posted on: 26 November 2013 at 4:00pm
it says he has to keep one eye closed but he keeps both open and only sometimes closes Confused

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Posted on: 21 November 2013 at 8:22pm
miss you adi in ghsp hiii...

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Posted on: 20 November 2013 at 4:09am
Praneet rocks as Shakuni in Mahabharat.. its opposite to Adi's character in GHSP as nice comedy with Gurmeet & Drashti

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Posted on: 18 November 2013 at 11:46am
loving praneet bhatt as shakuni
u r doing an awesome job but still miss our cute adi sir with his laugh

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Posted on: 18 November 2013 at 11:46am
Praneet Bhat
missing as adi sir
You are fab & versatile actor keep up the best work
All the Best for ur current show & all future projects :)

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Posted on: 18 November 2013 at 11:29am
Damn! If i didn't read ur name i would have never guessed that its our Adi Sir (the sweet Adi sir) who is playing the role of cunning Shakuni! Kudos Adi Sir...oopsss Praneet and now Shakuni...Im still dumbfound by how perfectly ur playing the cunning character...what a change from our sweet Adi sir too Shakuni...Still and will always love Adi sir and now ill stop forwarding Shakuni's scenes while watching the show online :D...God Bless

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Posted on: 18 November 2013 at 9:41am
Doing great as Shakuni...still loving u as Geet's Adisir...keep rocking Praneet Bhatt

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