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‘I would like to emulate Naseeruddin Shah: Pushkar Sarad

Thursday, April 12, 2018
By Raju Vernekar

Popular Marathi actor Pushkar Sarad from Yavatmal (in Vidarbha region),  who made his striking debut in the new TV serial ‘Katti Batti’ (Zee Yuva), being telecast every evening from Monday to Saturday at 7:30 pm, spoke exclusively to The Afternoon D&C. Excerpts:

What is the story of your TV show “Katti Batti”?
The story of this serial is based on the friendship between two individuals. This is a love story with a light-hearted humorous comedy.
What is the role you play in “Katti Batti”?

I play the character of Parag Nikam belonging to a middle class family, who is a professor by profession, while Ashwani Kasar plays the role of Purva Borade, who also belongs to a middle class family and wants to complete her PhD. We have a perfect tuning, so we can work smoothly.
Where is the TV soap being shot?
It is set in the backdrop of Ahmednagar. As such, I had to learn and adapt myself to the local language. Sandesh Kulkarni organised many workshops to teach us the local language. The unique toning of Ahmednagar that you are hearing in my language is just because of that.
Who, according to you, has been your support and guiding force?
All thanks to Zee Yuva and  mentors, Vinod Lavekar and Nikhil Seth, home-viewers are able to see me in this serial. I am thankful to them for trusting me, for this character. The overall experience of working on the screen is very good and I am waiting for the audience to respond to my role in the series. Of course, the guidance of NSD director Prof. Waman Kendre and renowned playwright and director Shafaat-bhai Khan has been of immense importance.
How did you begin your acting career?
I began participating in the State-Level drama contests in college days around 2010. After graduation, I came to Mumbai in 2012 and completed my post graduation in “Master of Theatre Arts” from Mumbai University.
Tell us about your first play. Any other training you received.
“Vanarayan” (2014) written by Swapnil Gangurde and directed by Milind Inamdar was my first play. On the training front, I was working in “Prakash Prithvi Theatre” for the lighting and synchronisation of lights of various dramas, with the help of Salim Arif.
A role model who you look up to.
I like the performance of various seasoned artistes, but I would like to emulate veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah.
Tell us about your family background.
I belong to a farmer family from Yavatmal. My elder brother works in a bank. No one from my family has been involved with theatre or films.
Do you have offers for TV soap/ films?
I do receive inquiries for films/soaps. But at present, I am concentrating only on “Katti Batti”.
Any dream role you would wish to play.

I would like to do my best in any role that I get finalised for.

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