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Sharat Saxena, who starred in Sherni, has done 600 action scenes in 40 years: ‘I ended up in hospital 12 times’

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Sharat Saxena, who starred in Sherni, has done 600 action scenes in 40 years: ‘I ended up in hospital 12 times'

Veteran actor Sharat Saxena says it was not difficult to slip into the role of a chauvinist hunter in Vidya Balan-starrer Sherni as that is the mindset of most of the men in India.

Amit Masurkar has directed the drama from a script by Aastha Tiku, which revolves around Vidya’s Vidya Vincent, an upright forest officer who is tasked to resolve the man-animal conflict. The multi-layered film, which touches upon the man and animal conflict and gender dynamics, has been gathering applause from both audiences and critics for its nuanced narrative and performance by the cast.

Sharat Saxena plays Ranjan Rajhans aka Pintu Bhaiya, a callous hunter, who believes only he can save the village from the man-eating tigress. “This is a common factor about Indians (men) that they are always dominating the women all the time. This happens all the time. Men all over India think they know better than women. This is the atmosphere in which we have grown up,” the Madhya Pradesh-born actor told PTI in an interview.

The 70-year-old actor, best known for his roles in movies like Mr India, Tridev, Ghulam, Krrish, Hasee Toh Phasee and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, said he did not need to model his portrayal on any particular person.

Citing the example of his latest release Sherni, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video last month, Saxena said, the OTT (over-the-top) platform has given him a new lease of life.

“I am still new to this platform. It is for the first time that a new film of mine has been released on OTT. Also, in the last 50 years, this is the first time that I have appeared in a critically-acclaimed film.” Sherni also stars Neeraj Kabi, Vijay Raaz, Brijendra Kala, Mukul Chadda and Ila Arun in key roles.

News Source : JsNewsTimes

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