Vyas Covering Web Series to Moviesby OPINIONEXPRESS.IN June 17, 2019 0 comments
Sumeet Vyas has romanced Kareena Kapoor Khan, played goofy roles in web series and is now looking forward to portraying Ram Jethmalani in The Verdict: State Vs Nanavati. By Siddhika Prajapati
He has no second thoughts while answering any of our questions. Nor does he hesitate or fumble. He is quick and smart while at the same time has an air of of detachment around him despite the recognition that he has been getting for his work of late. Actor Sumeet Vyas, who has been seen across different platforms — films, TV and web series — is devoid of any regret or guilt about his life or the kind of work that he has done.
It is the actor’s confidence and self-conviction that has got him so far. Vyas is set to play an intense role in Ekta Kapoor’s forthcoming web series, The Verdict: State Vs Nanavati, which is a switch from the goofy roles that he has been portraying recently. He took it up as it was a long time since he found a story which offered something different as he had been getting roles that were similar to TVF’s Permanent Roommates. So when the show’s director approached him to play lawyer Ram Jethmalani, he was surprised and overwhelmed at the same time.
Based on the famous case where KM Nanavati, a much-decorated naval officer shot his wife’s paramour, it has had cinematic outings in the past too, including Yeh Raastey Hain Pyar Ke (1963), then Achanak (1973) and the most recent one being Rustom, starring Akshay Kumar. The case in 1959 put the spotlight on Jethmalani, who was the prosecution lawyer while the public sympathy lay with Nanavati who was supported to the hilt by fellow Parsi Russi Karanjia’s tabloid, Blitz. Nanavati was eventually declared not guilty by a clearly partisan jury vote of eight to one. The larger outcome of the case was that the jury system in India was scrapped forever.
The actor says that there is a method to choosing any role. “I agreed to take up this character as I was bored of doing those ‘nice guy’ roles. I wanted to play someone with characteristics that do not define me in real life. Also, the story at its core is so powerful that any actor would want to take up the opportunity.”
It is the first time that Vyas is being seen portraying a layered role unlike the linear characters that he has been seen in, be it in Tripling or Official CEOgiri. When it comes to preparing for any role, the actor doesn’t believe in getting into its depth as this would affect his personal life. “I don’t believe in living the character. Once the shot is done, I immerse myself in my life. It’s very important for me and for my process of preparation to disconnect from the character once I have wrapped up the role,” he elaborates.
The Veere Di Wedding actor accepts that playing a real-life character, especially someone as dynamic as Jethmalani, was a huge responsibility. He read his biography and watched video tapes as a part of his homework for the role. He adds, “It’s very important to me to know exactly where the character is coming from. I don’t apply my personal logic into the character’s behaviour or the motives behind his action. I prefer to be natural without stressing too much.”
Talking in-depth about the character, the Parched actor says, “For any actor, the complexities of each character are an interesting aspect to scrutinise. No one can completely understand someone as multi-dimensional as Jethmalani. Neither I nor anyone can term him unfair or even reasonable. Thus, it’s an intriguing experience to play him on screen.”
The actor is one of the reasons we’re glued to YouTube. Back in 2016, he made us notice him with his substantial role in the film Parched, but it was his portrayal of the character Mikesh/Micky in TVF’s Permanent Roommates that garnered eyeballs.
Meanwhile, Vyas does not believe in comparing the digital platform with the silver screen. “As an actor, I personally, don’t find any difference. I will invest the same amount of efforts in the film which I would put in any other medium. The only difference is the platform through which the story is conveyed,” shares the actor.
According to the TVF star, web shows can never replace cinema. He agrees that it has emerged with new opportunities and its market is expanding. But cinema has its own essence. “Cinema has a vast reach whereas web series are quite personal. One can enjoy the film with family but series offers one the freedom to experience it alone,” he adds. Vyas has also written Yashraj’s web series Bang Baja Baarat, which was again a huge success among youth.
Besides acting and writing, Vyas has directed plays. He joined theatre at 17 which helped him grow up as an actor. “The content and the people with whom I work with satisfy me while choosing any project. For me, the medium is inappropriate. Whether it’s for stage, web or silver screen, I make sure that it has to improve me as a person. So, what I enjoy and what I don’t is the process which makes me decide on taking up any project,” Vyas says.
The show is expected to release by the end of this month.
Writer: Siddhika Prajapati
Courtesy: The Pioneer