‘Play­ing the role of a ghost was dif­fi­cult’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Sa­marth Goyal

Be it the lovesick boy- nextdoor, or a ma­nip­u­la­tive wom­an­iser—ac­tor Vat­sal Sheth (above) has played a va­ri­ety of char­ac­ters on-screen in his act­ing ca­reer span­ning 20 years. How­ever, the 36-year-old has never done a hor­ror show. With the web se­ries, Gehraiyaan, he fi­nally got a chance to try his hand at the genre. Get­ting into the skin of his su­per­nat­u­ral character was def­i­nitely not an easy task, says Vat­sal.

“As an ac­tor, you want to chal­lenge your­self. So when this one came up [web se­ries], I jumped at it be­cause it was some­thing I’ve never done be­fore,” says Vat­sal, whose act­ing jour­ney be­gan with the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show Just Mo­hab­bat.

In the past, the ac­tor al­ways had a ref­er­ence point for ev­ery role that he played — to pre­pare for his character. “But for the role of a ghost, there is absolutely no ref­er­ence point,” he laughs, adding, “There are no def­i­ni­tions or set rules of how a ghost will be. From that per­spec­tive, it is one of the most dif­fi­cult roles I have ever done. But the mak­ers had given me a free hand. I could have been re­ally wild if I wanted to. But I didn’t want it to be like that.”

Vat­sal, who also acted in the film Tarzan: The Won­der Car (2004) along­side Aye­sha Takia, adds that he isn’t averse to act­ing in any medium. “Every­thing has its own value, and every­thing is quite unique. As an ac­tor, it doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence whether I am do­ing a film, or a TV se­ries or an advertisement. Every­thing is in­ter­est­ing and I want to work ev­ery­where,” he says.

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