A Potpourri of Vestiges recently caught up with actor Mohit Madaan who is playing one of the lead characters in the upcoming thriller film Aksar 2, directed by Anant Mahadevan and co-starring Gautam Rode, Abhinav Shukla, S. Sreesanth, and Zareen Khan. Madaan, who made his debut with the 2015 rom-com Love Exchange, hails from Auckland, New Zealand, and came all the way to Bollywood to pursue his acting dream.
Let us go back to the very beginning of your journey as an actor. Tell us how you came to Bollywood all the way from Auckland.
I always wanted to be an actor but you go through different phases of life. I completed my education and then had to face the difficult task of convincing my parents. I subsequently came to Mumbai and after some struggle landed up with Love Exchange.
How did you bag the role in Aksar 2?
Actually, I was tested for different roles in the movie. There are three male leads in the movie. I was asked to come dressed for various parts, one after the other. You see Anant Mahadevan has a very different approach to this. He is looking for the actor in you all the time. Eventually, I landed up with the part that I am playing in the film.
Tell us about your role in Aksar 2.
I am not in a position to disclose much at this point in time but all I can tell you is that the role has some grey shades. Everybody loves to play a romantic part at the beginning of one’s career but it is roles like these that give some real challenge to an actor.
Aksar 2 is coming a decade after Aksar. Now, you have big shoes to fill. Tell us about the people’s expectations as well as your own surrounding the film.
Aksar was a big film with Emraan Hashmi, Udita Goswami, and Dino Morea. It also had the famous "Jhalak Dikhlaja" song by Himesh Reshammiya. So obviously the expectations are quite high. I myself am quite eagerly looking forward to it.
Could you throw some light on the movie’s plot?
It is going to be a thriller, one that’s quite relevant to our time and our impatient generation. I share interesting equation with the other characters. It was great fun working with Sreesanth, Zareen, and the other actors. Since this is going to be a modern thriller I am sure the audiences will be quite interested in watching it.
You come across as someone who takes his fitness seriously. How important it is for a modern day actor to focus on fitness?
Well, it is of paramount important to stay fit whether you are an actor or belong to some other profession. The key is to eat right and stay healthy. I prefer to wake up early and follow my exercise routine. That keeps me in the right spirit throughout the day.
Tell us about your upcoming projects.
After Aksar 2 another of my movie is lined up in which I am starring opposite Hrishitaa Bhatt. It is basically a love story which deals with the medical problems associated with a woman suffering from schizophrenia and the man who loves her.
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