Darshan Kumaar at the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards (Photo courtesy | Viral Bhayani)
Darshan Kumaar

There couldn’t have been a more striking role reversal for Darshan Kumaar. From playing Mr. Nice Guy in Mary Kom; to playing the monstrous murderer in NH10, Darshan has gained accolades from all corners of the industry.

One wonders, whether after Mary Kom, the Delhi boy was prepared to step into this kind of genre where he had to get into a different zone and indulge in some heavy-duty violence?

Talking about this role reversal, Darshan says:

In that way I am lucky that I got both films like that. As an actor I carry that kind of intention inherently where I can showcase different facets of my acting skills. I expect audience to love me in a different avtar each time around. That’s what I learnt from Naseeruddin Shah, who is my mentor from theater. He taught me that we have all kind of emotions in body and it all depends on how we pick them up. In Mary Kom I was playing a real character and that too in a biopic, it is the toughest job in acting.

Elaborating on why playing a real character is difficult, Darshan added:

See, this person is already exposed in front of everyone through media and interviews, due to which viewers have this particular kind of picture in mind. Then when an actor plays that character, they end up comparing it with the image they have in mind. It becomes a twin edged sword and you need to play your part really well to pass audience judgment.

Well, it definitely looks like he has passed the audience judgment twice in a row! One now looks forward to what he has to offer next. A comedy perhaps? That would definitely be interesting.