Shreyas Talpade on Kaun Pravin Tambe ‘Loads of drama and emotional turmoil has occurred in Pravin Tambe’s life; technically there was no requirement to take inventive liberties to do false dramatisation’
Shreyas Talpade had gained praises within the function of a speech and hearing-impaired aspiring cricketer in Iqbal (2005), his Hindi debut which stays the spotlight of his profession, and 17 years later, the actor is as soon as once more being applauded for his function of an aspiring cricketer and a tempo bowler in his current launch, Kaun Pravin Tambe, a biopic on cricketer and late bloomer Pravin Tambe – a widely known title in Mumbai membership cricket — turning into the oldest cricketer to make a debut within the historical past of the IPL. Tambe, who was noticed by Rajasthan Royals expertise scouts, performed for the inaugural season’s champions throughout IPL 2013 when he was 41 and he additional realised his childhood dream within the 2013/14 Ranji season when he performed for the Mumbai Ranji crew on the age of 42.
“I had seen Pravin Tambe play in an IPL match and at that time I was wondering who this guy was, making his debut at the age of 41. At that point of time I wondered what his story was, why now? And when I got a call to play him I was obviously very keen and when I heard the story it was so amazing, something that you can’t refuse. Also, such stories need to be told, people need to know not only the kind of struggle that he went through but also it is such a hugely inspiring story. I get so many calls where people say that we had pretty much given up on our dream but not anymore. They want to restart and keep working on it till they reach their goal,” says Talpade.
Directed by Jayprad Desai Kaun Pravin Tambe launched on Disney + Hotstar on 1 April. “The response has been so overwhelming; my phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Friday. Messages keep pouring in. There have been a lot of positive reviews and emotional feedback, the way people are reacting is humbling,” provides the actor.
While the movie’s crew had just about performed plenty of analysis when it comes to story format on Tambe, Talpade had many conferences with the cricketer to know him, his wrestle, his bowling motion and his relationship together with his household and buddies. “I got to know insights about him which is spectacular. He is still a very simple, grounded and extremely sincere guy whether it is the sports, his family or friends, or his relationships. I tried to understand him as a person, as a bowler, as a father, as a husband, and as a friend. I had interactions with his friends, his coach Vidyadhar Paradkar, his wife, and his family. It was as extensive as we could do. I tried to be him and not just portray his character. It was important that this story came out in the right manner. The people reacting and relating to it is quite phenomenal,” says Talpade.
“Pravin is so passionate about cricket and the only agenda in his life is that he wants to play cricket. That is the reason at the age of 50 he is still playing in various leagues like the Caribbean and UAE. His enthusiasm and energy is amazing. This only proves that age is just a number, it is we who have set these norms in our head that I have turned 40, 45 and now how will I do it. There were so many detractors who discouraged Pravin to go forward but he somehow shut his ears to all of that and achieved his dreams,” Talpade additional provides.
Besides getting the game proper, Talpade says, the problem was to get Tambe’s spirit proper. “I wanted Pravin to feel proud when he saw the film and that we have done justice to his journey. In Iqbal, it was a fictional character but this one is a true story based on somebody’s life,” says the actor. Physical health is one thing the actor needed to work on earlier than the shoot. He has been enjoying cricket actively however these days he has stopped, he says. “I knew the kind of prep that was needed to be part of the film based on cricket and we did extensive training for three months before we started shooting. I worked on my physical fitness, flexibility and stamina. We used to train for about three hours a day. I was playing Pravin Tambe from the age of 20 to the age of 42, and he had the same kind of energy when he was 15 so his energy was very critical to be showcased. I wanted to make sure that it comes across well. Most importantly, the idea was to showcase the spirit of Pravin Tambe. It was not about doing certain prosthetics and trying to get the look right,” says Talpade whereas reiterating that many of the movie relies on info.
“We have taken miniscule creative liberties as far as the story is concerned because a lot of drama and emotional turmoil has happened in his life and that in itself was enough for us to showcase in two hours. Technically there was no requirement to take creative liberties to do false dramatisation,” he says.
The story of Pravin Tambe, Shreyas says, resonated with him deeply, and one of many major causes he may sink into the character was due to his “dramatic” journey and his personal struggles in his movie profession. And not simply cricket however the biopic additionally brings Talpade again to critical and dramatic roles. “My career, my journey has also been pretty dramatic, much like Pravin’s. Why people felt that they didn’t see me in the film and that they saw Pravin Tambe is because I really connected with him on some very divine level, I guess. Now after a few years when I look back I would wonder how I did certain things in the film because I don’t think I was doing it, it was some miraculous power that was guiding me and making me do that. When you surrender yourself this kind of magic happens,” says the actor, who was not too long ago in information for voicing Allu Arjun’s character within the Hindi model of Pushpa: The Rise.
He continues, “My Hindi debut Iqbal occurred after we had been stepping into the period of multi-starrer comedies however I used to be thought-about a critical actor after Iqbal and Dor. At that point it grew to become a problem for me to showcase my comedian aspect as nicely. But I didn’t wish to miss out on these comedies as plenty of these sorts of movies had been occurring. Luckily I acquired a possibility with Golmaal Returns and that’s how individuals noticed my comedian aspect. Then, after just a few comedies, individuals forgot that I had began with a critical movie. Now it was essential and once more difficult for me to showcase the intense actor in me. As actors we wish to dabble in numerous genres, it can’t be solely comedy or solely critical. Kaun Pravin Tambe got here on the proper time. My profession part simply earlier than Pravin Tambe occurred is one thing that the majority actors wouldn’t wish to expertise and due to Pravin Tambe that 17 years after Iqbal I return as a cricketer once more and never as a coach which in any other case would have been a norm that 17 years are over that I did Iqbal, so now he ought to play a coach, how can he play a cricketer.”
With OTT reviving careers of many, Talpade, who’s at the moment taking pictures day by day Marathi cleaning soap Mazhi Tuzhi Reshimgaathi, too, plans to contemplate alternatives which might be coming his manner. “There have been offers for web series. OTT is like our IPL of sorts giving opportunities to try out some stuff. I want to be a part of it. I also somewhere relate to it and compare OTT with the experimental theatre we used to have earlier. We would experiment with characters, with story plots, writing and there was a certain audience for that, similarly OTT platform gives you that advantage and liberty,” says Talpade, who accepts having made errors together with his decisions and never ‘marketing’ himself nicely sufficient however Kaun Pravin Tambe is definitely a redefining second for him.
“An actor who people had probably written off gets an opportunity and people like his work… I have been getting calls from people saying they want to see me in content-driven good films. Certain sections of my fans were not happy with my earlier choices and I respect that. I want to keep my fans happy and entertained going forward. I am getting more offers but it is still too early to talk about it. It has been 17 to 18 years since I started my journey in the Hindi film industry and the fact that I am still here is proof enough that the audience somewhere really loves me and I am still doing some good work. I have no regrets or complaints,” he concludes.
Seema Sinha is a Mumbai-based mainstream leisure journalist who has been protecting Bollywood and tv business for over 20 years. Her forte is candid tell-all interviews, information reporting and newsbreaks, investigative journalism and extra. She believes in dismissing what’s gossipy, informal, frivolous and fluff.
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