It is 8 am and actor Manav Gohil is already commencing his shoot for the next episode of his latest show Kesari Nandan (on Colors TV) where he plays the custom-bound wrestler-father to his little daughter Kesari, who aspires to follow her father’s footsteps
Barely launched, the serial is already netting in smashing TRPs with gusto, with biopics (namely Dangal, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milka Bhaag…) being the flavour of the season in Bollywood as well. Of course, Manav is on an enviable high with the wrestling drama following in the wake of the success of his recent serials Yam Hai Hum (a situational comedy where he played the lead role of the lord of death — a job well done, hilariously) and Tenali Rama (where he espouses the genial king Krishnadeva Raya).
“I have had to undergo extensive training with a national coach in the sport to ready myself for the role of a wrestler in Kesari Nandan,” the actor shares with his signature smile. The result is absolutely flabbergasting, with Manav’s chiselled physique on air for viewers to marvel at and possibly encourage more Indians to pursue sports. Though it was undoubtedly an extremely challenging act, he pulled it off with much aplomb. “Training for two hours everyday at the ramparts of Sports Authority of India in suburban Mumbai was a must and part of my daily schedule. I also had to follow a stringent diet to bulk up for the role and build up the desired muscle tone. Add to that the gruelling shoot schedules. It has been a big balancing act for me, but absolutely worth it in my opinion,” he confesses. Out of comfort zone “Looking back, it has been an enervating experience for me as it has pulled me out of my comfort zone and drawn me into doing something new. That was what enticed me
Shilpi Madan for Deccan Herald