Malayalam actor Visakh Nair plays the role of Sanjay Gandhi in the Hindi film, Emergency, directed by actor Kangana Ranaut.
Malayalam actor Visakh Nair plays the role of Sanjay Gandhi in the Hindi film, emergencyDirected by actress Kangana Ranaut
Visakh Nair still cannot believe that he is playing the role of Sanjay Gandhi. But he is emergencyWritten and directed by Kangana Ranaut, which revolves around the period of Emergency, which is considered to be one of the darkest phases in the history of independent India.
In the film, Kangana played the role of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, while Vishak played the role of Sanjay. She said, “She (Kangana) was confident that I could play the character. I don’t know why and how,” Vishak says over the phone from Bengaluru. Releasing the first look of her character, Kangana had said: ” I searched for a facial for more than six months and I decided to launch that as a facial.”
Vishak to debut in Malayalam film Anandam (2016) as the affable character ‘Kuppi’, has already worked with Kangana Tejasie, which has not yet been released. His first release in Hindi was Well done Mithu (2022), Cricketer Mithali Raj biopic with Taapsee Pannu.
“I wanted to try working in other languages. The pandemic and the lockdown have made this possible. This was the time when the audition process was online. I got an opportunity to work in some pan India television commercials. it eventually landed me roles in Tejasie And Well done Mithu, For the latter, I got a call from the agency of casting director Mukesh Chhabra, which was a jolt of luck for me. Glad that one of the leading casting directors noticed me, I didn’t want to let go of the opportunity irrespective of the length of the role,” says Vishak.
Visakh Nair as Sanjay Gandhi in the first look poster of the film ‘Emergency’. Photo Credit: Manikarnika Films
He didn’t have to audition for the role emergency Since Kangana has already seen her work Tejasie, “After the look test, I was asked to gain weight and hence I gained around 10 kg. The first schedule is over and the next may be in December or January,” he says. The film is slated to release next year. .
watching the part
Vishak admits that “becoming Sanjay Gandhi had many challenges”. The younger son of Indira and Feroze Gandhi, his life was short but eventful and controversial. “I have not played any real life character before and so I had to do my research. But the difficulty was that I was able to do only secondary research because he did not give any interview in his lifetime. We all know that he was executing decisions in his own way, especially during the Emergency. There are a lot of ‘stories’ about them and some of them are woven into the narrative,” he explains.
Vishak says, “Madhur Bhandarkar’s” Indu Sarkar (2017), also set during the Emergency, is perhaps the only film in which Sanjay’s character [played by Neil Nithin Mukesh] has been included. To know Sanjay, I watched the interviews of his wife Maneka Gandhi. Then the narrations of his friends and enemies and the book was written on him [ The Sanjay Story] From footage of his election campaigns and speeches written by Vinod Mehta, I tried to understand his public persona, his voice structure and his way of speaking. But even then I was not sure how he spoke outside his life as a politician. There was a clip of her having a meal with the family. ,
other actors emergency These include Anupam Kher, Mahima Chaudhary, Shreyas Talpade and Milind Soman.
Visakh Nair | photo credit: Shajir Bashir
Vishak is praising Kangana as a director and actor. “She is someone who elevates the co-actor’s performance. As a director, she is very clear about what she wants. Also, she has a fantastic team to support her,” he says, referring to Japanese cinematographer Tetsuo Nagata, art director/production designer Rakesh Yadav and composer GV Prakash Kumar.
chasing your dream
Looking back on his journey, Vishak admits that though he got a handful of films later Anandam, he decided to retreat after a point. “Being typecast is part of this industry and I was not happy with it. In 2019, I started a production house with Ganesh [Ganesh Raj, director of Aanandam). We shot commercials and corporate videos. I invested my time to hone my skills as a filmmaker and was willing to wait for good roles. Then the pandemic struck and everything changed. Eventually, Tejas happened and one thing led to the other,” he avers.
Actor Vishak Nair
| Photo Credit: Arun Chelad
Becoming a filmmaker was a dream he nurtured since his school days in Dubai, Vishak says. “But I didn’t know how to go about it. However, while pursuing my engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal [Karnataka]I got exposure to acting. Later, I worked in Chennai, which has a wonderful theater culture. That was when the announcement for the auditions was made Anandam,” he explains.
Her new projects in Malayalam include LLB, Shaji Kailas new film and a film directed by editor Saiju Sreedharan. He will also be seen in a bilingual film. get out offDirected by Shaheen. “It has been the toughest role ever. It is a dark action thriller and I play a mentally ill man who has been tied to a window for 27 years,” says Vishak, who recently directed a music video color, He also plans to become a director next year.