Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Actor Gulshan Devaiah plays the in the black comedy web series “Afsos”, which revolves around a suicidal man. He says the story tries focussing on the bright things in life in a humorous manner.
“It is an interesting character. Although he tries to kill himself 11 times, he fails every time, because in his subconscious he does not want to die. He thinks he is unhappy whereas actually he is not. The show is not about depression. It is about the positive side of life,” said Gulshan, about his character, a struggling author named Nakul, in the eight-episode series currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Created by stand-up comedian Anirban Dasgupta along with Dibya Chatterjee, the series also features Anjali Patil, Sulagna Panigrahi, Aakash Dahiya and Heeba Shah, and is directed by Anubhuti Kasyap.
Mentioning the best takeaway from his character, Gulshan said: “I think it is a lesson that life is not as bad as we think it is. We tend to romanticise the bad side of a day. One can have a bad day — whether it is at work or in personal relationship. Something can go wrong for a while but that is not the end of life. Also, the fact is life and death are not in our hand, but living life is. So, one should live life.”
Starting his career in Bollywood with the film “That Girl In Yellow Boots” in 2010, Gulshan has appeared in films like “Shaitan”, “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”, “Hunterrr”, “A Death In The Gunj” and “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota”.
The actor has essayed quite a few interesting characters in the web space, on shows such as “Smoke”, “Afsos” and digital films like “Ghost Stories”.
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“Mr Robin Das” One time we were shooting outside Mumbai @ we given hotel rooms for the night. The crew were staying at a cheaper roadside kinda hotel but me and Robin Da were sent to a resort with cottages. It was a Hare Krishna sorta place , very beautiful ( a bit scary because of the trees and the cover of darkness ) , pure veg , no smoking , no alcohol. I really liked the place , it was peaceful and the sweet music of a distant flute playing through the night via carefully hidden speakers among the trees. Some of the guests recognised me and thought I was a devotee like them & that I had come for the convention there … sorry I am drifting from the main story a bit … So !! A 7-8 min golf cart ride later we reach our cottages. It was pitch dark outside & we were sounded by thick trees, like a jungle & not a sole to be seen around apart from me , Robin Da & the driver , who immediately left . We get into our respective courage’s and I must say I absolutely loved it and all I was thinking of is getting a good night’s sleep and be ready early morning to resume work ( some action sequences) . As I was touring my room I could hear, from the adjacent room. a rather distressed Robin Da making frantic calls to his wife and then to @dibya.chatterjee ( I think ) Suddenly I hear a knock on my door. I open it to find Robin Da , his bag on shoulder. He said “ main jaaraha hoon yahanse ” & hurried to the point where the golf cart would pick him up to leave to the reception area, were a car would arrive to pick him up. He didn’t last 15 min in that place 😂 . Instead he went to the cheaper roadside hotel where the rest were and spent the night. Any guesses why ?? 🙂 I absolutely loved working & spending a lotta time with the distinguished thespian Mr Robin Das during the course of filming #Afsos , streaming now only on @primevideoin Produced by @onlymuchlouder Directed by @anubhuti_k Written by @anirbandasgupta5 @dibya.chatterjee & @souravghosh87
Is the digital space his newfound exciting domain as an actor? “It is true that many actors are getting good opportunity to work in the web space, as many web series with interesting stories are being made here. But when I was growing up with the dream of becoming an actor, I wanted to work in films. That were the magnetic medium for us, but now that other avenues are opening up for actors, we embrace these too,” he said.
“As an actor, if I want to do something in my career, I should not be rigid. Instead of waiting for an exciting film role to come my way and getting frustrated, it makes sense to work in new avenues such as web series. It is a difficult place to survive and that is why it is important to be patient and positive,” the actor added.