Sushant Singh, who is playing a pivotal role in the gangster web series ‘Rangbaaz Phirse’, says his moustache played an important role in helping him bag his digital debut.
“In my initial days, I played characters that would have a moustache and there were times when directors would cast me not only because of my acting skill but also because of my moustache. They used to say that I look the part. Since the story of ‘Rangbaaz Phirse’ is set in Rajashtan, even in this one also, my moustache played the catalyst to pass the look! Actually, my overall salt-n-pepper look [helped me]. It was a natural look when I went to meet the director of the show, Sachin [Pathak], to hear the script. The moment they saw me, they were like, ‘Yehi look rahega aapke character ka [‘This will be your character’s look’]’. When they sent me a few episodes to read, I was so excited because it is a really meaty role,” said Singh Rajput.
The new season of ‘Rangbaaz Phirse’ has been streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5 from December 20, and it features Sharad Kelkar, Jimmy Shergill, Gul Panag, and Harsh Chhaya among others.
“Being a part of a gangster story is nothing new to me but this character of Jairam Godara was [special] because it is multilayered. The friendship between Jairam and Amarpal Singh [Shergill’s character] was very interesting. Despite the caste and community difference, his friendship with Amarpal Singh stays strong until one situation comes and things get complicated,” said the actor, who recently hit the headlines on being asked to step down as host of the popular crime show ‘Savdhaan India’ a day after he participated in an anti-CAA rally in Mumbai.
In Bollywood, Singh has been seen in films such as ‘Satya’, ‘Lakshya’, ‘Laaga Chunari Mein Daag’, ‘Rakhta Charitra I’, ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ and ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, among others.
So, did he carry home anything from playing Jairam? “It’s been 20 years that I have been acting, so usually there is no hangover even after playing any character for long, but at times in the mind, things shifts — as the character of Sukhdev in ‘The Legend Of Bhagat Singh’ changed something in me. In this show, the value of friendship is something that has resonated with me,” he signed off.