Sharad Kelkar has been one of the noted actors on the small screen since making his acting debut as Thakur Digvijay Singh in the television series ‘Bairi Piya‘, playing a grey character in ‘Uttaran’, hosting a few reality shows and featuring in daily soaps. However, in the year 2013, his Bollywood debut with ‘Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela‘ surprised his fans and since then, there has been no looking back for the talented actor.
He went on to impress the masses with his acting prowess in films such as ‘Mohenjo Daro’, ‘Lai Bhaari’, ‘Rocky Handsome’, ‘Housefull 4’, ‘Tanhaji‘ and a few more. Interestingly, the actor soon became one the most heard voices of the nation as he was the one who dubbed for actor Prabhas‘ character in ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’.
ETimes got in touch with the star as he is making headlines for his role in the recently released film, ‘Laxmii‘. Though the film received mixed reviews, Sharad Kelkar’s brief appearance in the film is winning praise from the audience.
Sharad exclusively spoke to ETimes and shared how it was working on ‘Laxmii’ and how the film changed his perception towards the transgender community. He shared, “It was a great experience altogether. It was my second film with Akshay sir and he was generous and kind to me. They were searching for an actor for this particular role and many actors turned down the offer while a few big names were rejected by the production house. Then Akshay sir proposed my name as he was very much impressed by my work in ‘Housefull 4’. So both Raghav and Akshay sir finalised me.”
Recalling his first meeting with Raghava Lawrence, he said, ” I remember when I met Raghava sir for the first time, he straight away asked me to get ready for the role. I was a little taken aback but I got ready and after seeing me in the get-up, he immediately finalised me. He was really happy and said that he took the right decision of casting me for this role.”
Sharad for the first time played the role of a transperson and is getting appreciated for his performance. Talking about how the role has changed his views, he revealed, “The film is an eye-opener film. I myself learned a lot from the film, I evolved a lot since the beginning of the film. Because I had different notions about transgenders earlier. Not just me but the society has been treating them differently for years now, so even I had got into that mode but I think after doing this film, I have huge respect for them. There are men, there are women but transgenders are a mix of both, so I think they are much evolved and empowered. So we must respect them a lot. People are talking about equality right now, I think they are far more superior and I think we can use them for the betterment of the world.”
Asked about his preparations for the character and the actor shared, “I spoke to a few transgenders whom I know and who are guiding people and of course, I took inspiration from Raghava Lawrence, who had done the character in the original Tamil film, ‘Kanchana’. He has a great ‘pakad’ on the character. So he only taught most of the things to me. Also, I saw Akshay sir doing the role. Shabina ma’am showed me Akshay sir’s footage on how he played the role and I just took inspiration from it and portrayed the role.”
Source From : Times Of India