February 16, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Actor Hemant PAndey talks about his role in the NDTV Imagine’s popular serial ‘Neer Bhare Tere Naina -Devi’. Read the interview at Calcutta Tube.
Hemant, more famously known as ‘Pandey ji’ from serial ‘Office-Office’ has always maintained a fine balance between his career in films and T.V serials. Good comic timing and marvelous acting skills has made him develop his own identity in both genres. Furthermore, to portray himself as a serious artist more than a comic, Hemant is revamping his image and is seen as ‘Ghasita’ in ‘Neer Bhare Tere Naina -Devi’. In tête-à-tête Hemant talks about his new avatar in ‘Devi’…
What’s the story of ‘Devi’?
I’m playing the character of ‘Ghasita’ who’s a common villager and like many in his village; he too is burdened by poverty. Being the sole bread-winner of the family, he does not think twice the moment he gets a chance to become rich even at the cost of his new born daughter Laxmi being exploited. He fools the villagers by projecting his daughter as a Devi and pockets the money he earns in the name of god. As wealth starts pouring in, his stature in the village and his lifestyle changes.
How different is your role in this serial compared to the roles you’ve done in past?
It’s a completely different role as I won’t be entertaining as a comedian. My character is cunning, shrewd and greedy.
Any specific reason to opt for this role?
Well I was looking forward to doing something interesting and different and then I came across the role of Ghasita. This character is really different and I found it very challenging, hence I opted for this role.
Do you think audience is appreciating this role of yours?
Definitely I’m getting positive feedback on my role, as people didn’t expect me to do this. Seems like a sweet surprise to everyone including me.
You’ve acted in various TV serials and films. In which one do you enjoy working the most?
I enjoy working in both films and TV but what’s important is the audience like me in whatever role I play.
Tell us about your upcoming films?
My forthcoming projects are ‘Jab Se Hua Hai Pyaar’ and ‘Kushal Mangal’.
You rose to instant fame with ‘Office Office’. Tell us something about it.
‘Office Office’ as you all know is a comedy serial and it’s an old but popular serial. I love the show because of my co-actors who’ve made the show so good.