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Video: Sanjai Mishra, Ranvir Shorey on transforming from mainstream to off-beat

The actors, who will next be seen in director Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa, talk about getting into the skin of their characters, dealing with the effects of climate change.

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Suparna Thombare

Kadvi Hawa is a rare film tackling the subject of climate change from the perspectives of an old blind farmer, Heeru (Sanjai Mishra), in Chambal, and a loan recovery agent (Ranvir Shorey) from Odisha. 

The film explores the relationship of these two characters as they are at loggerheads with each other. They are also trying to survive their personal grief, which is an effect of climate change. 

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While we last saw Mishra as a comic thug in Golmaal Again (2017), he has seamlessly transformed himself for his role in Kadvi Hawa. While he agrees that it was tough, he says he got hold of the pulse of the character only after surpassing initial hurdles in the first few days of the shoot.  

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“I am not an actor who belongs to a school (of method acting) to tell you that I stayed in a mental hospital to prepare for my role or something. Panda saab told me to meet a blind man and stay with him. He also gave me a couple of films to watch. But I felt that if I watch those films, I won’t be able to do my thing. And I asked only one question to the blind man I was staying with — when I wake up I see lights, what happens when you wake up? He said sound,” says Mishra.

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Speaking about whether he changes his acting methods when he switches from mainstream entertainers like Baadshaho (2017) to content-driven films like Ankhon Dekhi (2014) and Kadvi Hawa, Mishra says, "There is a difference, but you are an actor after all! You are just told 'today you have to play T-20, go for it!' Then I am told 'this is a test match so you have to stay on pitch for a long time.' But I remain the same as an actor."

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Shorey, who loves to add nuances to his characters, said that he did work on his character's manner of speech. “I had plenty of help because I had a Odiya accent and dialect coach. He was on set. Our director himself is also Odiya," he says.  

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