As model-turned-actor Rajniesh Duggal turns to small screen with a challenging role in Aarambh on Star Plus, he talks about the contours of his character and more.
On the plot of the show
Aarambh is a period fiction. It is based five thousand years ago and shows the supposed clash between the Aryans and the Dravidians. It is mounted on a big canvas.
Aryans don’t have any fixed land where they could create their own spaces and are in search for such a land. They decide to go across the river where everything is green and fertile that will enable them to establish their civilisation. But Dravidians come in their way, leading to a clash. The Aryans are trying to take the land whereas the Dravidians are trying to protect it. There is a lot of political drama, action as well as romance on the sidelines.
On why he said yes to the role
The script is written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad who has written Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan which were blockbusters. The fact that he was the writer was enough to make me say yes to the script! Apart from that, the role that I am playing is different from anything that I have played in the past. I am playing the role of an Aryan warrior.
On his character
Whenever any actor plays a character he puts parts of his own personality into the character.
Playing the role of Varundev has been an amazing experience. He is fighting for the pride of his father, fighting for romance, fighting for the land; there are multiple layers to the character. He is very disciplined and has a certain sixth sense. He is a mixture of Lord Rama and Lord Shiva.
On the shoot
The shoot has been going on for the past six to seven months. The experience was very different in comparison to anything I have ever done in the past. This role is completely a work of fiction and has no reference anywhere.
I completed the shoot of my upcoming movie Udanchhoo before signing up for this project as I wanted to be completely devoted to it. I am booked for this show till November.