Mumbai: Sumedh Mudgalkar, plays the antagonist Yuvraj Sushim in 'Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat' on Colors. Sumedh, an 18 year-old boy from Pune, has earlier garnered fame in ‘Dance India Dance’ and ‘Dil Dosti Dance’.
Playing the youngest villain on television, he speaks about his new role, “Coming from a dancing background, facing the camera as a dancer and doing a historical is totally different. Being a Maharashtrian, the purani Hindi that we use is not too tough as it’s similar to Marathi in some way. Somewhere it matches. In my previous show I was this flirty guy who never fought with anyone but here I’m a royal and have to maintain a certain posture all the time, he has everything he wants like one would say a typical, bade baap ka beta. The character is very negative and initially I found it tough to give the right expressions but the team helped me.”
The only aspect Sumedh rues is that he could take training in action and horse riding like the rest of the cast, “I couldn’t take training, as I was unavailable on those dates. After the shoot I stay back and practice horse riding. Sidharth (Nigam) is a national level gymnast, being the villain I had to look stronger, and require that x-factor to match him. Even if I finish shoot at 11 pm I don’t miss my workout.”
Sumedh’s look has heavy costume and jewelry. He says, “Its not very comfortable costume. Before this show I used to try every new hairstyle that comes in market. I used to love colouring, straightening etc. Now on the show I wear a wig and it’s not comfortable shooting in it. The jewelry is heaving and I’m wearing it everywhere, head, wrist, stomach, ears and running, doing action sequences with it is a problem.”
So does he find time for dance? “I used to practice daily before this show but now I try rehearsing on set. I imagine I am performing on stage and give it my best.”...