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Trying multiple times for every take is an art: Archak Chhabra

Archak Chhabra has been seen in many ads and brand campaigns for many years now, and he recently got a chance to be a part of Voot's original show 'Asur'

Trying multiple times for every take is an art: Archak Chhabra

One can look good in a poster, but performing and playing a character is a different game altogether. Posing for the camera can be easy, but when the camera rolls and focuses on you, expressing and emoting can become a challenge for many. But for ad-boy Archak Chhabra, this has become a regular task. Over the years, he has been a part of many advertisements and brand campaigns; and was recently chosen to play an important character in Voot Select's popular series Asur, starring Barun Sobti and Arshad Warsi in lead roles.

In an exclusive chat with Mumbai Live, Archak shares his journey from auditions to playing Aditya Jalan.

Talking about his auditions and the first thought on hearing the story of Asura, Archak said, "Whenever we actors get a call from Mukesh Chhabra's casting company, one just buckles up to perform their best as that's the best stage one gets before being off the set. I got clarity about the brief and took another some minutes before the take and it was done. When I first read and tested for Asur, I knew this was different from the shows getting made. The story has such beautiful detailing that while reading it, I got transported to that world."

"But the funny part is that I tested for a different character and got locked for that too, and after few days I get a call from the team about some changes and I was offered "Aditya Jalan. I was told that the director Oni sen wanted me to do that character and I was like if Oni sir wants it, it shall be done. I have worked with him before where he directed me on a campaign for Flipkart," he added

This is Archak's debut web series, and he is a part of on one of the most awaited shows. On being asked about his biggest challenge on the show, he said, "I totally surrender to my director with belief in his vision. One has to take charge of the whole scene on your shoulders, as the audience will connect if I have been honest with character at that point of time. That is the only challenge I have every time I am in front of the camera. I don't have a set formula and I'm yet to discover that as every day and every situation is different. The only motto, for now, is to keep on working and keep on exploring."

Sharing his thought on connecting with his co-stars and learning from other actors, he said, "I learned that trying multiple times for every take is an art. I loved observing everybody on the set. I got to do just one scene with Arshad sir in which he is examining the dead me, behind the scenes he is the quirkiest and humble person I have met."

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