Even earlier than Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) got here his manner, Shantanu Maheshwari was a TV star in his personal proper. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie, nonetheless, evoked in him the starvation to be part of fascinating tales. This pursuit has now led him to Netflix’s upcoming sequence, Tooth Pari: When Love Bites, which revolves across the unlikely romance between a dentist and vampire. In dialog with mid-day, the actor shares his preliminary skepticism concerning the world of vampires, and the way director Pratim Dasgupta allayed his fears.
Edited excerpts from the interview.
Once you have been provided Tooth Pari, how did you think about its world to be?
I used to be not conscious of this world as a result of I hadn’t seen any of the Twilight movies when Tooth Pari was provided to me. I used to be not a fan of fantasy fiction. I knew that folks have tried to remake Twilight or one thing alongside these strains on [Indian] tv, however they didn’t maintain for lengthy. Once they roped me in, I assumed that the present could be one thing like Twilight. It’s solely after I learn the synopsis that it felt like a special strategy.
Had been you nervous about dealing with the digicam with established actors like Revathy, Adil Hussain and Tillotama Shome?
I had simply completed capturing for Gangubai Kathiawadi  at the moment. I had labored with Sanjay [Leela Bhansali] sir, so I used to be able to work with anybody. He was proud of my work, which gave me a little bit of confidence. The actors are all so humble and collaborative. Having been within the business for lengthy, they’re safe of their craft. It was enjoyable to know their course of. They have been comfortable to specific what they appreciated in [my performance] and the way we will up the scene.
Does Bhansali’s strategy differ vastly from that of different administrators?
He doesn’t provide you with many directions; he needs you to get within the pores and skin of the character, after which he tweaks it. He offers you your area to carry out until you go off monitor. Pratim [Dasgupta] sir is easy-going, he believed in me from the start and I’m not used to that [laughs]. Most of them are skeptical whether or not I can pull off a job. I take it up as a problem to show individuals unsuitable. Pratim sir knew I used to be his Dr Roy. I bombarded him with questions [to get clarity] about my character, and he answered them patiently; he was all the time receptive to [suggestions].
Was your journey in showbiz a deliberate transfer?
You’ll be able to’t plan Sanjay sir on your debut movie [laughs]. You’ll be able to solely make [informed] selections from the alternatives coming your manner. The one factor I’ve strategised in my profession is [the decision] of not doing each day soaps, particularly the saas-bahu dramas. I acquired many provides, however felt I didn’t match the invoice. I didn’t need to do something for simply the cash.
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Will you shake a leg within the present?
There isn’t any [dancing] on this present. In my earlier initiatives, I stated no to dancing if I felt that the character doesn’t want it. I don’t have an issue not dancing. Folks have the notion that the viewers could not settle for [a non-dancing Maheshwari], but when the maker is satisfied that I can painting the character, we don’t want to make use of such gimmicks. I don’t suppose Pratim sir knew of my dancing background.