‘Got an Alice in Wonderland vibe after I learn the script of Sunflower,’ Ranvir Shorey and Sunil Grover focus on their multifaceted roles and their interactions in Sunflower
Actor-comedian Sunil Grover is having fun with this new part of his profession. Known as one in every of tv’s favorite slapstick comedian, he gained immense recognition enjoying characters like ‘Gutthi’, ‘Rinku Bhabhi’, and ‘Dr Mashoor Gulati’ on one of many high comedy reveals whereas he additionally explored his dramatic aspect on the massive display with Baaghi and Pataakha.
Further, by way of his final act in Tandav, Grover, who performed a crafty and ruthless man within the sequence, gave a peek into his versatility, one thing he hopes will proceed with the upcoming eight-episode internet sequence Sunflower that’s now streaming on Zee5. Grover will likely be seen in a lead function on this whodunit intriguing homicide thriller drama laced with darkish humour.
Playing the multi-layered character with totally different behavioural shades of simplicity, innocence, quirkiness, manipulativeness and extra, was a problem for Grover. “What was most challenging was portraying that innocence because with time we lose our innocence and to show that as an actor it is a very difficult job. Gradually we become smart in our lives which is a compliment but I think innocence is a bigger compliment because to undo smartness is tough. To gather so many emotions for the series wasn’t easy. My character Sonu has many moods and shades. Sometimes he is a loner, sometimes he is out in public. But I wanted to start with innocence and then I kept adding other characteristics like whatever smart things he does and feels a sense of achievement. We did several workshops and I gathered from my experiences as well. Of course, I loved my character, to believe in him and that such people do exist and survive was most challenging to portray but after a few days, I started enjoying myself. But primarily it is the story, the way it is told and the genre of the show that attracted me to it,” says Grover.
“Also, I learnt a lot from my character that one should give a pat on your back once in a while, it makes you feel happy (laughs). We keep forgetting that sense of achievement, one should feel proud of what you are doing,” he additional provides.
While the lengthy story format is new to Grover, he mentioned he’s glad that the audiences have welcomed him in various roles regardless of his “comedic baggage”. “It is difficult to interrupt that form of picture. The concern of not being accepted in sure roles was all the time there. But folks have accepted me and I really feel glad about it. In an extended story format, you must set a graph to your function, you consider the entire story. I’m making an attempt to get used to this. It is a brand new world for me. Secondly, earlier, as a slapstick comedian, I’d count on the viewers to react to my traces instantly however right here I shoot for 2 to a few months and then you definitely watch for six months for edits, post-production after which the discharge. So, I get reactions solely after six months which I’m not used to. However, I get pleasure from each worlds. I really feel like a newcomer and my strategy to work has modified. Each part has its personal benefits however I like this new part,” says Grover.
Ranvir Shorey, who performs a no-nonsense cop main the group in fixing a homicide that occurs in a housing society, says he tries to create characters from the creativeness of a director and by contributing from his personal expertise. “I acquired an Alice in Wonderland vibe after I learn the script of Sunflower. When you enter this housing society there are these oddball characters and there exists all of the dynamics and relationships between them. In the midst of all that comes this investigating officer (performed by Shorey) who needed to play up the surreal aspect of the society. That is why my character is designed like that together with his awkward pauses, lengthy stares; you’ll be able to’t inform what he’s pondering. People may suppose that he’s not watching however nothing actually escapes his eyes. He is a bit obsessive, compulsive downside solver. Even when he isn’t actively fixing a case he’s busy fixing crosswords, puzzles..he’s a compulsive downside solver. Instead of bringing in a single sort of impartial perspective taking a look at all these oddball characters within the society, it was extra enjoyable so as to add yet one more oddball character. It was like letting in a cat among the many mice, so my character is sort of a cat and all these residents and suspects are the mice,” says Shorey.
“When we did the workshop we did several variations of the character of how he can look, talk, walk..how he can be intimidating, unnerving, disorienting. With my character, the director wanted to add to the chaos in the society instead of sending one sane person in. There’s this eccentricity in his sober attitude. He is obsessive and compulsive about the case. He won’t let anything slip and that adds to the tension,” Shorey additional provides.
Both Shorey and Grover are big admirers of one another’s work. While Shorey feels Grover was the proper match for the half, the latter says he learnt rather a lot from the senior actor. “Ranvir has his own style, he also knows a lot about the technicalities, camerawork and the whole art. He gave me a few suggestions on how to approach my character. He is a very profound artist, whereas, I don’t have any idea about technicalities. I just say my lines and leave but he has a point of view on everything,” says Grover. On his half, Shorey indicators off saying, “I have known Sunil for the last many years and I was really happy that he was playing Sonu’s part. Although the series is an ensemble piece the most prominent part is played by Sunil. The only other prominent thing other than the society is ‘Sonu’. He is the sunflower (laughs). For me, it was important to have an actor who would fit the job and Sunil was perfect.”
Written and created by Vikas Bahl and (directed by) Rahul Sengupta, the sequence additionally stars Girish Kulkarni, Shonali Nagrani, Sonal Jha and Ashish Vidyarthi amongst others in distinguished roles.
Reliance Entertainment’s Sunflower is at the moment streaming on Zee5