Gulshan Devaiah: Smoke’s appeal is raw and gritty in comparison to Dum Maaro Dum

Bollywood actor Gulshan Devaiah, popular for his role in films like Hunterrr, Shaitaan, Death In The Gunj and Ram-Leela among others, is all set to step into the digital world with Eros Now original web series Smoke.
Bollywood actor Gulshan Devaiah, popular for his role in films like Hunterrr, Shaitaan, Death In The Gunj and Ram-Leela among others, is all set to step into the digital world with Eros Now original web series Smoke.

Set in the underbelly of Goa, the eleven episodes series is a crime drama and also stars Kalki Koechlin, Mandira Bedi, Jim Sarbh, Amit Sial, Satyadeep Mishra, Neal Bhoopalam, Prakash Belawadi and the late Tom Alter.

Before the release of the web series, Gulshan in an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com talked about Smoke and his upcoming release Mard Ko Dard Nahi.

Here are excerpts from the conversation:

Q. Tell us about your role in Smoke.

I play a character who comes from Bihar to Goa and decides to stay back. He is greedy and very ambitious. He is extremely flashy in his dressing and his aesthetics are all over the place. He is super greedy for power.

Q. How did you adopt the mannerisms of a Bihari gangster?

I don’t like to discuss too many things about the character traits because as actors we create an illusion of a character. I don’t want to break that illusion because only if the illusion is kept intact then the character is believable. However, there are a lot of things you can do for preparation. For Smoke, I worked mainly on the dialect by listening to the recordings given to me by my producer and paid attention to the rhythm of the language.

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