November 24, 2011 07:24:22 PM IST Rachana, Glamsham Editorial
Ashish Vidyarthi has done films in several languages and now the talented actor is all set for his first major English film DAM999, releasing on 25th November 2011. However Ashish calls it his second film in English. Says Ashish, "Actually DAM999 is my second English film. I did a film called NIGHTFALL, based on Isaac Asimov life, which was directed by an American director. However it was a short film. So you can say DAM999 as my first major English film."
Praising debutant director Sohan Roy's work, Ashish says, "The concept of DAM999 is very interesting, which director Sohan Roy has written. The entire idea was to capture or encapsulate the nine rasas depicting different human emotions in the backdrop of dam disaster. The director has very beautifully woven the story. The script is excellent, very well researched. Sohan visited various film schools to make the script correct. This is not a small budget film but debutant director Sohan has done it without mounting the film very big. It requires lot of confidence to make such a film. I appreciate such sincere efforts, somebody striving to do something with good intent excites me," while saying this he adds that DAM999 can't be expressed in words, "Film DAM999 can't be expressed in words. One has to watch the film to experience it."
Even before the release DAM999 is making huge waves. Its screenplay has entered Oscar library, it has caught the ire of politicians, etc. "The screenplay is simply fantastic. Sohan has really worked hard, made genuine efforts, so he is reaping all the fruits now. I am absolutely happy for him. As far as the controversy is concerned, I believe such things keep on occurring. But there shouldn't be a stopping for what we want to do. Since we are a democratic country somebody will always be there to poke. Let the discussions and debates happen. They are all good; at least they make us aware of difference of views."
Ashish recalls a memorable incident while filming for DAM999, "There's a scene in the film where I hold a poisonous snake. When I read the script I took it quite lightly. Even my reactions were pretty normal. I was holding it (snake) so comfortably when the scene was being canned. More than getting scared I found that I was enjoying the whole thing."
Ashish has worked with big and acclaimed filmmakers. Ask him what made the actor to work with relatively newcomer and he says, "You never know which film will work when. And anyways I love to work with new people."
Ashish, who has played negative character many a times, is once again at it. He plays the character of Durai, who has issues with the protagonist. Ashish throws some light on his character in the film, "Yes I am playing Durai, the antagonist in the film, who is an embodiment of Bheebatsa Rasa (disgust and aversion). My character represents so many things. He does everything with a selfish motive without realizing what impact it could have ultimately."
Ashish is tired of playing a baddie and is looking for a change. Says Ashish, "Honestly I kind of sometimes feel upset. I keep searching for different aspects. I am tired of getting typecast. I am looking for work which I have not done before...some phenomenal roles. There is not dearth of work but there is dearth of kind of roles which entice me." However, Ashish signs off saying that his role in DAM999 was very challenging and creatively satisfying.