He has portrayed a cop one too many instances, however Vikas Kumar has at all times managed to play them in a different way. Because the actor steps into the position of ACP Khan once more for the second a part of Aarya season 3, he credit the present’s writing for making his character “extra human and emotional”. In dialog with mid-day, Kumar appears to be like again on his appearing journey, how filmmaker Ram Madhvani humanised his character within the Disney+ Hotstar present and the way the half is nearer to his real-life persona.
Edited excerpts from the interview.
How did each your professions, dialect coach and appearing, come collectively?
I got here to Mumbai on the lookout for work as an actor. Whoever had seen me act thought that my voice and dialogue supply are my forte. In the future, my roommate Honey Trehan, who’s now a director, was sitting with an assistant casting director [working on a] Hollywood movie being shot in India. They wished anyone to make sure that the Indian actors communicate British English effectively. So, he really helpful me to the road producer. Whereas I waited for the suitable appearing initiatives to come back my manner, I needed to do one thing to remain busy and earn cash. Dialect teaching gave me an opportunity to be a part of the movie business. Now, I’ve an organization referred to as Strictly Talking, the place my spouse can also be a coach.
Did dialect teaching pave the way in which in your appearing profession?
By no means. Folks on the surface suppose that this is able to assist me construct contacts, however I’ve by no means checked out it as a manner of discovering roles. Dialogue teaching has allowed me to decide on my appearing assignments and do solely what I actually need to do.
It took a very long time to construct your profession since Powder and Khotey Sikkey.
My journey has been gradual but regular. Issues appeared promising after Khotey Sikkey as a result of [I was] made to imagine that there might be common work and Khotey Sikkey was purported to have a second season. However these exhibits by YRF have been manner forward of their time. If one thing like that had occurred at this time, it could’ve been very [successful].
Whereas Aarya’s first season was appreciated, the second version acquired combined critiques. Your take?
The primary season had its personal novelty; it was recent for the viewers and the actors to discover. In season two or three, the concern is which you can get complacent. You must problem your self and see how you are able to do issues in a different way inside the character’s parameters. Ram additionally does workshops to push you. Some individuals appreciated season two greater than season one; we’ve acquired every kind of reactions.
You’ve performed a cop many instances. How do you make the roles distinct?
I’ve refused many cop roles as a result of they didn’t excite me or didn’t have a correct journey character-wise. The primary [factor is] the writing. That’s why you are taking up a present like Aarya as a result of it’s not your common cop. Plus, Ram was directing it and it was Sushmita Sen’s comeback. Ram and the opposite administrators [wanted me] to make ACP Khan extra human and emotional, not somebody who carries his authority on his shoulders. He carries sufficient authority when he’s conducting raids, however he’s additionally human sufficient to grasp what Aarya as a girl could also be going by way of. His relationship observe made it a healthful character.
How has ACP Khan developed in season three?
Now, he comes with much more angst and drive to catch Aarya and the Russians, and do away with the complete drug racket. That is most likely the closest to how I’m in actual life, and Ram wished it that manner. Equally, Sushmita is precisely like Aarya together with her children. Ram tries to seize the actual you. With Ram, there isn’t any motion and minimize; you go reside your scene and he’ll seize it. Being your self is the hardest factor to do.