Talking about the preparations for his character, the actor said, “My character in the film belongs to a low caste and burns dead bodies. I spent a lot of time with Neeraj and Varun to about my character and the milieu. Luckily they were very clear about what they wanted and payed attention to details. So I could blindly surrender myself to them.”
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He further added, “One month before the shoot started, Neeraj Ghaywan (film's director), Avinash Arun (film's DOP) & I went to Banaras. They used to do their recce and I used to spend 8-10 hours every day there to get my character right. My first touch point was Manikarnika Ghat where dead bodies were burnt. The first day I went there I couldn't stay for more than 20 minutes. Many bodies are burnt there at the same time. The smell of burning flesh really affects you. Then gradually I realised that to play my part, I have to remain unaffected and got used to it.”
MASAAN, which released today, has received positive reviews from most critics.
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