Gulshan Devaiah is known for delivering some brilliant performances in Bollywood movies such as Shaitan and Hunterrr. The actor is currently seen on Eros' web series called Smoke, which deals with the story of a drug mafia in Goa. In an exclusive interview with Filmibeat, Gulshan spoke at length about his character in the series and how he prepared for it. He is also excited for the upcoming wedding of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Gulshan said, "I was so happy to find out about Deepika and Ranveer. I had seen them when they were just starting off and suddenly you find out, that they are dating." Read below to know more about his role in Smoke!
Could you tell us more about your character in Smoke?
"The person I am playing is Jayaram Jha who hails from Bihar. He's a small-time gangster, a shooter actually. He's comes on a job contract to Goa, but decides to stay back because he likes it there. He wants to make a life there and see how far he can get in his chosen trade. He's independent. Form of expression is through use of cuss words. He's a tasteless man in terms of sense of fashion. But he's extremely smart and intelligent. He's a total jackal. He has his quirks, but he can be quite the wild fox as well."
How did you have to prepare for this role?
"Lots of boring details. Spent hours and hours with the script, making notes. Spending time with your imagination. I had to learn to speak a certain different speech as my character was Bihari. Though it was Hindi, the language was spoken with a different accent. One of my co-actors was kind enough to give me a recording on his voice of a monologue from the script. Mostly it was listening to that apart from all the other boring work I did. As every language has a different rhythm, it was important to get that. My attempt was to catch the rhythm than get the language right. Because nobody speaks a perfect language unless you're a scholar or Shashi Tharoor (laughs)."
What made you say a yes to the web series 'Smoke'?
"It was a very well written script. It had wonderful interesting characters. All different from one another. The story in my opinion is driven by greed and power. That was interesting for me. The makers had their hearts and minds in the right place. They wanted to make a good product that's entertaining, interesting and layered. It's complex. It's dark and dirty, but it's also shiny and delightful. There is little bit of everything for everybody. Because of online viewers you have fewer restrictions, certain stories can be told. It is an emerging medium. It seemed like a good idea."
Can we expect some revelation about Goa through the series?
"Smoke is not about drugs. Smoke's intention is not to make a political statement. Not a commentary on whether one should do drugs or not. It's a fiction that uses Goa as a place. It uses drug trade and mafia as the premise to tell the story. So, it is not trying to give a message for or anti. Things are layered, so it communicated different ideas. There are variety of characters and all sorts of beautiful shades of gray. Each layer has its own perspective and story. People will see the interesting perspective from their point of view as well with regards to drug and mafia."
Could you share details of one memorable moment from the sets of 'Smoke'?
"I had broken my knee. I shot for about 15 days and went on a short holiday on a skiing trip. It was very unprofessional of me. I needed surgery, but I couldn't have the surgery. So, the memorable moment was not on the sets of Smoke, but while I was in between the schedule. I 10,000 feet when I fell from the slop. I was using cuss words when my wife and coach came from behind. My right leg was completely bent out of shape. I will have to deal with it for the rest of my life. So, this was my most memorable from the sets of Smoke."