01 October, 2020

Sachin Khedekar

The actor plays Babasaheb Ambedkar in Shyam Benegal's Samvidhan, a 10-part TV series on the making of the Constitution

Sachin Khedekar

You played Subhash Chandra Bose earlier. Now it is Ambedkar.

I am lucky to have played both roles. Actors wait for a lifetime to get even one such role.

What is the difference between playing historic figures and other characters?

People remember how the leaders looked and spoke. One has to recreate that with the help of make-up and gestures. For other roles, one adds value by experience and imagination.

How did you prepare for this role?

I had recordings of Ambedkar's speeches in Parliament. Vikram Gaikwad, the make-up artist, handled the appearance. If you look the part, half the battle is won. It's an excellent script too.

What was the high point while shooting?

Making the speech where he spoke of government being for the people, of the people and by the people was a huge moment for me.

The series is full of speeches. Will it work?

Everything is as it happened. We have senior theatre actors playing national leaders. Trust...



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