It’s fun to be someone else on the screen: Divyenndu

He made a Bollywood debut with Pyaar Ka Punchnama and has now conciously made a decision to play different characters thereby explore possibilities. In an interview with the media, Divyenndu Sharma aka Munna Bhaiya talks about his new series Mirzapur.

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We saw Divyenndu last in Shahid Kapoor starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu. The actor is dedicated to challenging himself with a different character every time. Now he is keen on playing the bad-boy in Amazon Prime Video’s original series, Mirzapur.

He plays Munna Tripathi, the only son of Mirzapur's king, Kaleen Bhaiya. Talking about sharing a screen space with a successful and experienced actor, he says, “It was great working with Pankaj Tripathi and he helped us a lot during the scene. He is a wonderful person to be with and it was really fun to work with him. Despite the experience, we never thought of being over-shadowed by him or anyone on the set."

Talking about his role, he says, “I wanted to do something that I have never played before. It is very liberating when you express yourself in a different way. It’s fun to go out there and be someone else on the screen. When one is offered, I read it and I, as an actor know what I can pull off with my abilities. This is a perfectly written character with complexities and layers. That’s why Mirzapur interested me. My thought towards playing my character, Munna, was always clear and I was focused. However, having said that, it always helps when we are working with an experienced group of actors.”

The team of actors and crew shot the web-series over few months in Mirzapur and other parts of Uttar Pradesh. Helping one understand how being there helped everyone, Divyenndu said, “Location definitely helps as it enhances the script and the characters. We spend time with the people in their lives, and we were stunned to see the reality when we tried to play someone similar. Their power and characteristics of people there in real life, helped us learn how to deliver our roles. The entire crew worked really hard with a mission to make something legit and not something just for the sake of it. There is a lot of hard work, sensibility, and talent in Mirzapur and when you watch it you will understand the bandwidth of the show. I felt that and it made happy being a part of this project.”

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