Mumbai: It comes as a jolting surprise to know that the young promising actor from Jaipur, Dhairya Karwa — who played the Sikh soldier Sartaj in Aditya Dhar’s Uri: The Surgical Strike — is not a Sikh in real life.
Says the method actor, “No, I am not a Sikh in real life. I prepped to play the role in Uri and did whatever I could. I spent two weeks living in a Gurdwara, learning about the way the Sikhs live, walk, talk and eat as well as their tenets and beliefs. For me, a character or a role is an opportunity to get to expand the bandwidth of my personality, to get to know other people, cultures and communities.”
Now Uri’s Sartaj will play well-known cricketer Ravi Shastri in Kabir Khan ‘83, the film about India’s victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup. And, Dhairya is as charged-up.
The passionate actor goes on to add, “I was preparing for an MBA when the acting bug hit me. So, I kept the MBA on hold and moved to Mumbai to pursue my dream. I only did a 10-day acting workshop when I first moved to Mumbai in 2016. After that, I have been training myself.”
Dhairya would soon be meeting Ravi Shastri. “It is the logical and right thing to do. I hope he approves of the actor who’s playing him,” adds Dhairya.