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'Playing 'Chandragupta' is daunting yet exciting': Kartikey Malviya

Thursday, February 21, 2019
By Chaitanya Padukone

Although he is just 14 years old, Kartikey Malviya is already a sensational TV star. Dynamic Malviya made his telly debut on the show ‘India's Best Dramebaaz’ and eventually was adjudged the Season 2 ‘Runner-up’. Later, he bagged the riveting role of young ‘Shani Dev’ in the TV show ‘Karmphaldaata Shani’. Currently, the talented Kartikey is cast in the title-role of the young Chandragupta Maurya in the ongoing hit Sony TV show which is telecast daily in the 8p.m. slot. The Afternoon D&C had an engaging conver-session with the lively Kartikey. Excerpts:

After doing a mytho show, you are now cast in a historical show yet again in a title-role?
Must say, destiny has been kind to me and with my parents’ blessings and support from Siddharth Tewary-Sir, I guess I am achieving it all. Mythology and history are two genres that are very challenging because you are bound by the mytho-scriptures and historical research data and home-viewers have a basic awareness about your screen-characters in advance. Which is not so in a fiction show. There is a huge responsibility and accountability on the entire cast and the makers in both genres. In future I am even open to daily soaps and comedy shows to prove my versatility.

What is the ‘prep’, you went thru for this formidable character?
Besides reading extensively on young Chandragupta’s history, I have been trained in horse-riding, sword fighting, bow and arrow (archery) shooting as well as mock physical action-combat. Then I have been briefed about my style of gait and walking and impactful dialogues-delivery.

How much do you relate with the character?
Chandragupta Maurya being the daring ultimate warrior in history who could never tolerate anything negative about his country or people. By nature, I am also patriotic and love to indulge in daring deeds.

How is your bonding with your co-actors, considering they are quite senior to you?
My relationship with Tarun Khanna-Sir (he plays ‘Chanakya’) is actually like a Guru-Shishya. He knows me since last two years and he has always guided me. Being the youngest on the sets, I am often pampered by all my senior co-stars.. All of us have a lot of fun chilling together, when we are not shooting.

Besides your cell-phone surfing, do you indulge in physical activity to keep fit?
That’s right, I love playing games and watching net-shows on my cell-phone. Actually I indulge in physical activities during my shoot only. Playing the character of Chandragupta, I’m mostly doing a lot of running around, shooting for fight sequences and hence a lot of physical activity already takes place.

How difficult was it to shoot for the archery and underwater scenes?
It was quite tough, daunting, yet exciting. I didn’t know archery but Tarun-Sir and my creative director taught me the same. But I knew underwater swimming. The entire sequence was shot underwater and the weather was very cold there. Overall, it was great fun shooting for both the sequences.

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