The director of Dus Kahaniyaan, and a successful actor for years, Rohit Roy has delved into the world of web series with Memories. Here’s how was his experience working with Vikram Bhatt, and his love for direction.
Was it challenging to play a news anchor with superpowers?
It was amazing. Just listening to the narrative of the series got me hooked. My character Siddharth Sareen believes in staying true to his job. He has the power to delve into the memories of a dead person through which he helps solve criminal cases. I wish I had a power like that in real life.
How did you prepare for this?
It was quite exhausting as I had to work psychologically to show the split personalities. On one side, he is aggressive and loud news anchor, whereas on the other, he is calm and composed as he goes into the memories. Switching constantly between the two was a challenge. I had to focuss on minute details which I never do otherwise. Unlike other series, we shot this is different places in Mumbai to give it a realistic look and feel.
How was your experience working with Vikram Bhatt?
I’ve always wanted to work with Vikram sir. Not many know that I worked with Pravin Bhatt for some ads during the initial days of my career. Since then, I wished to work with Vikram Bhatt. The way he writes and narrates is out of this world. When I got this role, apart from the story, it was him because of which I wanted to do it. And when he narrated it to me, I got fascinated and instantly said yes.
How was your experience as director of Dus Kahaniyaan?
I cannot call it behind the screen. A director is always on the screen, taking shots, crafting the scenes and the movie. He is the one who lives every scene of the film, the actors do what the director tells them to. But for a director, it is his story and he has full control over how it will be shown.
Why choose direction?
Directing comes naturally to me and this brought me to the entertainment world. Acting happened by chance as I was offered a role and I thought to give it a try. It is the creative part of the film which I love. It intrigues me to be able to show people your vision. I never took anything as a challenge.
You’ve done so many different roles, which one came close to you?
The role of Fattu in Shootout At Lokhandwala came close to my heart. It was my first time in a lead role in a film. Besides, it was a really good role. Then Amit Shellar in Kaabil was a very powerful role. It gave me the opportunity to not only share a screen space with my real life brother Ronit Roy, but also play an out and out negative character for the first time.
Any new directorial project?
I will be directing another film which I cannot talk about right now.
Writer: Muskan Jain
Courtesy: The Pioneer