It is quite big now and I am happy to see that,” shares Das. To meet the deadlines, Das said, he turned his cupboard into a dubbing studio. It was such an enriching set to be on,” he said. “All her films ‘Salaam Bombay’, ‘Monsoon Wedding’ are essentially stories about so many people. That is because the only medium available would have been films or TV. “And in that waiting is the learning that everything is about the timing. The series also stars Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Dugal, Ram Kapoor and Vijay Varma. Here, he was integral. The first show that I did on an OTT was Kaushiki and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines. In the series, the actor plays Haresh Khanna, which he said Seth “designed” keeping his father, Prem Nath Seth, an executive of Bata Shoes, in mind. I couldn’t dub during the day because there are so many birds around. So Das found himself reading “A Suitable Boy” during the shoot along with the autobiography of the author’s mother, Justice Leila Seth, “On Balance”, to help him understand his character better. “I never had any judgments about the OTT platform. Though the actor wrapped up the shoot last year, a challenge emerged for the team when the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown was announced in March, briefly derailing dubbing for the series. Explained: Who is Bibi Jagir Kaur, the new SGPC president? “It gives an actor a lot of space and actor like me has got many opportunities to be a part of different kinds of stories which would have been slightly difficult 10 years back. It made me feel as if I was at a zoo, the only difference being that I was locked in a cage and they were free.”, The Indian Express is now on Telegram. 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You have to constantly reinvent yourself,” he said. People look at different actors differently. Actor Namit Das has starred in web series such as Aarya and A Suitable Boy. So this chirpy, quirky guy, suddenly turning around and playing a villain is a big surprise for them, which works in my favour,” Das said. Namit Das on the sets of the web series Aarya (Photo: Instagram/namitdas). Namit Das (born 10 July 1984) is an Indian film, television and theatre actor. “We were dubbing everyday till 3-3.30 am. In fact during the past few months, three of his web series have made its way to the audiences. The longer format helps to have a much longer graph for my character than any film put together,” he points out. He has acted in several television commercials. You’ve to wait for the correct project and the right character,” the actor, who is the son of ghazal singer Chandan Das, said. 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I didn’t realise it then, which I did later, that the struggle is the wait. But he wanted someone who looked just the opposite of the negativity that this person had. The 35-year-old actor, who made his big screen debut in 2009 with mockumentary “The President Is Coming”, garnered acclaim as Ranbir Kapoor’s friend Rishi in the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age film Wake Up! In fact during the past few months, three of his web series have made its way to the audiences. His first tryst with OTT was back in 2017 when it was still an up and coming medium and Namit Das has since done several projects. Though he played grey characters in Emraan Hashmi-starrer Ghanchakkar and the ZEE5 series Abhay last, everything fell in place with Aarya. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. “The role gave me a full opportunity to play that side. His affable performances as the “happy, quirky” guy appeared tailor-made for Namit Das but it was his negative turn on the web series Aarya that helped the actor challenge that stereotype. “When I was just starting out, my elders had told me that there would be struggle in the industry. Das also admits that casting on OTT scores higher than films and he says his casting in Aarya as a crook businessman Jawahar Bishnoi in Aarya is the biggest example. Many have lauded the OTTs for it democratic nature of work and opportunity and Das agrees. “People take risks with casting. Das went on to work in Lafangey Parindey, Ankhon Dekhi and later fronted the popular TV show Sumit Sambhal Lega in 2015 earning the tag of a guy-next-door. And because of his back-to-back shows, the actor was busy promoting them amid the lockdown and he says that kept him pretty busy this whole while. Ram Madhvani (director of Aarya) gave me the opportunity to play this part. Also read | Aarya review: A slick and enjoyable web series. The actor, who starred in shows like Aarya and A Suitable Boy, says his attitude towards the OTTs have remained pretty much same as it was when he did his first project. Otherwise, a more conventional move would have been to cast someone who looks a particular way. “There is a sense of gratitude and happiness because I have been part of good content on these OTTs. Night was the only time when there was silence. Sid which released the same year. This site and its partners use technology such as cookies to personalize content and ads and analyse traffic. I am looking forward to working more on these platforms,” he adds. Copyright © 2020 The Indian Express [P] Ltd. All Rights Reserved, Versatility crucial to survival in the industry: Namit Das, What makes A Promised Land by Barack Obama one of the best American presidential memoirs. “I never had any judgments about the OTT platform. Web Series Namit Das In an exclusive interaction with BollywoodLife, Namit Das spoke about a lot of things including the web series Aarya, Sushmita Sen and Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide.

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