Paresh Rawal’s ‘Babu Rao’ In ‘Hera Pheri’ Inspired State Of Siege 26/11’s Akash Makhija To Become An Actor

Aakash Makhija says Paresh Rawal’s character in ‘Hera Pheri’ inspired him to become an actor (Photo Credits – Instagram; Wikimedia)

Actor Akash Makhija, best known for “Half Girlfriend” and “State of Siege 26/11”, opens up about playing Aatish Pathak in the web series “Nirmal Pathak’s Ghar Wapsi”.

He also spoke about his struggles in his acting journey.

Elaborating on his role, Akash Makhija says: “Aatish Pathak is a Buxar boy who is a big deal. Salman Khan Fans. He also has a political background as he is contesting MLA elections. He has good and bad sides, but what makes him the most endearing character is his love for Nirmal (Vaibhav Tatvvadi).”

Sharing about how he prepared for the role of Akash Makhija, he says: “I am huge Raju Srivastava Fans. I have exhibited the sketches of his Gajodhar Bhaiya in school. So, I already had an idea about Bihar. For this show, I spent 45 days with my director who is himself a resident of Buxar.

“Before the shoot, I had spent more than 10 days in the village. Manoj Tiwari’s songs are at the top of my music list. Listening to Bihari songs helped me a lot and I used to speak Bihari even when I was not shooting.”

Talking about playing different roles in his OTT shows, Akash Makhija says: “It is really difficult to do that at times. Some part of the character is always with you. But that’s what acting is all about. It is your craft and experience that can transcend this and mold you into the character you want. ,

“Instead of grooming and lifting weights, I try to learn as many languages ​​and dialects as possible. I think this is what helps me play any character with confidence. Also I would like to do dark comedy. I have always been a fan of that genre and there are very few actors who can do that. Vijay Raj is one of them and I want to play those colors.”

He opens up about the challenges he faced in his acting journey.

“It started back in 2000 when ‘Hera Pheri’ movie released. I watched that movie over 50 times and I started imitating the character of Baburao played by Paresh Rawal. Later in college, I spent 3 years Till did theater and kept giving auditions,” says Akash Makhija.

“As an outsider to this industry, even getting a chance to audition for a particular role is a big deal for us. There are thousands of actors trying their luck everyday. I begged the casting directors to at least test me for the roles I fit in. I traveled everyday for 10 years from Kalyan to Andheri just for auditions. Most of the days, I came back home without giving a single audition,” he concluded.

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