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Unlike other crime shows on air, the newly-launched ‘Shaitaan – A Criminal Mind’ on Colors promises to be different. Sharad Kelkar hosts the show. The actor, who is also busy with the third part of 1920 Evil Returns , says he is happy whether appearing on the small or the big screen. Excerpts from a chat…

Why did the show appeal to you?

The show deals with crime and murder. It features criminal cases but the emphasis is on the psychology of the criminal. It shows that many crimes could have been stopped if the criminals had got emotional support and love. The USP of the show is that it explains why that crime was committed.

There is a lot of research involved and we have a team of researchers, psychiatrists and psychologists who have been working on the show for the past eight-nine months.

I am just a reader. This show is very different from the other crime shows and is more human.

Similar to ‘Gumrah’ on V?

‘Gumrah’ deals with the cases of teenagers and kids but ‘Shaitaan’ deals with the stories of criminals of all ages.

Is there a story that particularly touched you?

The story of a boy from Bengal, his transition from an innocent boy to a hardcore criminal, the treatment he got in his family and surroundings and the confusion and anxiety he suffered was shocking to discover.

On playing an evil character in 1920 Evil Returns which was a hit…

We were hoping that the movie would do well at the box office and luckily it was a hit and a super hit now. Vikram has a specialisation in this horror kind of genre.There are quite a lot of similarities between ‘Shaitaan’ and the character I play in the movie. The character in 1920… helped me a lot in understanding the mind of a criminal.

You replaced Mohnish Behl in Sony’s ‘Kuch To Log Kahenge’. How difficult was it to play the character the way he did it?

To be very honest I never watched what Mohnishji did and I never enquired about his performance. I did my own stuff and it was a new show for me. When you replace a character it is just like playing a new character and you have to adjust yourself in it. I would thank the audience for they welcomed me and gave me so much love. The only similarity between the two of us was the name and the basic nature of the character.

DEEKSHA SAKSENA


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