A pleasantly different character, a new look and a script that dwells deep into every character are what convinced Sumeet Vyas to be a part of ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s new series Dark 7 White.
In this interview, Sumeet, who is known for his happy-go-lucky roles, talks about playing a dark character in Dark 7 White, and the growth of the digital medium.
Your character Yudhveer Singh is very different from everything you have played until now. What was the first reaction to the character?
I was pleasantly surprised that they considered me for this part since this is something I always wanted to try. I was very keen to push the envelope, so I was happy that they chose me for the part. Also, director Sattwik Mohanty had a specific look in his head for the character as he wanted to show the transformation over the years from a college student to a politician.
Weren’t you apprehensive about how Yudhveer looks?
I was apprehensive, especially with the wig because I haven’t kept my hair this long. I didn’t know how it would come together. I just didn’t want to look like an idiot. But then we tried a couple of things, and they looked convincing. My only concern was that it should look real. Because if the audience will think of it as fake, even for a minute, then the charm of it is gone. So we paid a lot of attention to that aspect.
Yudhveer is your first dark character. How was it playing him? Did it take a toll, or is it fun to play someone who you are not?
Both. It was fun to play someone who I am not. Having said that, it does take a toll because it goes into certain areas which are really dark and twisted. The tougher part is when you walk out of the set, reach home and you still are messed up in your head. You think about things you don’t want to think about.
The trailer featured some intimate scenes. How convinced were you about those scenes?
It’s all about aesthetics. It’s all about why do you want to show that. Is that a part of the narrative? Is it moving the story forward in any way? If it is, then it doesn’t feel awkward because the energy is right and the reason behind it is right. But if it is done for effect, then it feels uncomfortable, both to watch and perform. So, I always am very clear why are we doing it, how much are we going to show and if any relationship or character dynamics is coming out of it.