May 22, 2020, 05:00 AM IST
Mumbai. Due to 'Gangs of Wasseypur', the industry recognized the artists who used to play a few minutes. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi as well as Vipin Sharma, Jaideep Ahlawat and Vineet Kumar. Interestingly, these are the bright stars of web shows to date. Vineet Kumar is bringing 'Betal' on Netflix from May 24. Betal is from Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies banner. Recently, Vineet Kumar has discussed his journey with Dainik Bhaskar and the character in this web show.
The first web show, where the surviving army fights a dead army in the story?
Yes and I lead that living CIPD Army. The character's name is Vikram Sirohi. A dead army that remains a zombie. How my character fights and moves with that kind of ambush without training is shown in Betal. Betal is a villain or a legend? It is a metaphor of everyone. The reaction of the action that it performs in its past comes to light, if not at that time, after many years, decades and centuries. An over all lesson is to think before you do anything.
What challenges did the shooting bring
Away from Mumbai we set up in the mountain of Lonavala. Mount of Betal Mounted. From there we shifted to Igatpuri. There we found a tunnel that is hundreds of years old. It is a wonderful tunnel. It is both exciting and scary to shoot there. Nevertheless, we continued to shoot the same and everyone stayed in that deserted place. During the rainy season, we also shot in the forests. During that time, big scorpions and snakes lived in front of us. But the arrangements for safety from Netflix were so good that the shoot was completed with a laugh. Netflix and Red Chillies are digital platforms and production houses where the artist is paid ahead of time.
How did Shahrukh Khan live as an envoy?
I have also worked under the banner of Bard of Blood. With the same vigor with which he is acting, he also stands with his team as a producer with passion. He respects his actors a lot. We had a schedule in Yash Raj that day he also came on the set. I had to go to the car which I was late. As soon as he came on the set, he asked the first question, 'New car Le Li Vineet'. After that he said you look very good in 'Border of Blood'. Till then, 'Bard of Blood' was not released. But he had a moment-to-moment shooting and when everyone told him that Vineet had done well, he himself went to the edit room and watched the footage and praised it.
What was the response from other countries?
Especially from Balochistan, I got many supplements of fans. They share even personal problems. I cannot tell them in public life. People have given supplements from other countries.
How did Vikram Sirohi lead the team?
Our training was done indoor. In the office of Red Chillies itself. Technically, I am the second in commander of the CIPD. If you ambush someone, they do it in groups. How a group is formed in that ambush. How to attack then its training was long.