Actor Akash Makhija, best known for “Half Girlfriend” and “State of Siege 26/11”, opened up about his role as Aatish Pathak in the web series “Nirmal Pathak’s Ghar Wapsi”.
He also talked about his struggles in his acting journey.
Elaborating on his role Akash Makhija said: “Aatish Pathak is a Buxar ka boy who is a huge Salman Khan fan. He also has a political background when he contested the MLA election. He has both good and bad sides, but what makes him the most endearing character is his love for Nirmal (Vaibhav Tatvvadi).”
Sharing about how he prepared for the role of Akash Makhija, he said: “I am a huge fan of Raju Srivastava. I have exhibited his Gajodhar Bhaiya sketches at school. So, I already have an idea of Bihar. For this show, I spent 45 days with my director who is also a Buxar resident.
“Before filming, I had spent more than 10 days in the village. Manoj Tiwari’s songs are at the top of my music list. Listening to Bihari songs helps me a lot and I used to speak Bihari even when I wasn’t filming.”
Talking about playing different roles in his OTT shows, Akash Makhija said: “Sometimes it’s really hard to do that. Some part of the character is always with you. But that’s acting. It is your skills and experience that can go beyond this and mold you into the character you want to be. ,
“Instead of tending and lifting weights, I try to learn as many languages and dialects as possible. I think this is what helps me play any character with confidence. I also want to do dark comedy. I’ve always been a fan of that genre and very few actors can do that. Vijay Raaz is one of them and I want to play with those colours.”
He opened up about the challenges he faced in his acting journey.
“It started in 2000 when the film ‘Hera Pheri’ was released. I watched the film more than 50 times and I started imitating the character Baburao played by Paresh Rawal. Then in college, I did theater for 3 years and kept giving auditions,” said Akash Makhija.
“As outsiders in the industry, even getting the chance to audition for certain roles was a big deal for us. There are thousands of actors trying their luck every day. I begged the casting director to at least test me for the role I fit in. I traveled every day for 10 years from Kalyan to Andheri just for auditions. Almost every day, I go home without giving a single audition,” he concluded.