Child actor Krish Chauhan, who will be seen essaying the character of Khande Rao Holkar, son of Malhar Rao Holkar and Ahilyabai’s husband, shares some insights on her experience working in the show.
Tell us something about the character Khande Rao Holkar?
Khande Rao Holkar was the only son of Malhar Rao Holkar. Hence, Khande Rao was constantly compared to his father and lived in his shadow. As a result, he became extremely close to his mother and loved her dearly. Khande Rao’s personality had layers to it. I say this because while he was gullible and irresponsible, Khande Rao was a great artist and extremely witty. So, it’ll be interesting to portray such a vibrant character on screen.
How different is the show- Punyashlok Ahilyabai from the previous shows that you’ve been a part of?
My previous show was a mythological one and Punyashlok Ahilyabai is a historical show. While both the genres carry gravitas, there’s a huge difference when it comes to portraying historical and mythological characters. And this, I have realized recently while essaying Khande Rao’s character. The scope for me to perform in this role is immensely huge and I am excited to see how the audience likes my work.
What kind of research you had to do for this specific role and about Ahilyabai Holkar. Did you undergo any specific training?
We had workshops wherein I understood the character and the era better. The posture, body language, and diction played a huge part in essaying this character with conviction. There are a lot of Khande Rao’s personality traits that I had to understand and make a note of. Physically I learned horse riding and how to seamlessly use a lathi. I also took training in mridangam – the percussion instrument.
Is there a special anecdote from set that you’d like to share with us? Any special moment that throws light upon your rapport with your co actors?
When all of us were reading the scripts together and rehearsing, Snehlata ma’am helped me a lot. Since I am Gujarati, I wasn’t fluent in speaking Marathi even though I understood it fairly well. So, Snehalta ma’am used to help me adapt the dialect and in translating the words accurately. On the other hand, Rajesh sir helped me enormously during the training sessions. He’s an expert rider and he guided me every step of the way. Both Rajesh sir and Snehlata ma’am have been very supportive and kind.
What was your biggest learning while shooting with such acclaimed and experienced actors like Rajesh ji and Snehlata?
I am very happy to work with such experienced and exceptional actors. They are masters of the craft. Sharing screen space with both of them allows me to learn so much each day. Aditi, however, is the most fun co-star. She is the youngest one amongst us and thereby the most pampered one too. It’s such a blast shooting with all of them. I am grateful to have gotten the opportunity to work in a show like Punyashlok Ahilyabai. Although I have done a few mythological shows before, this happens to be my first historical show, so the scope of learning is immense.