The social comedy revolves around an uneducated politician who dreams of being a “tenth pass”.
Is it ever too late to go back to school? What if you were behind bars when you made this decision?
When an uneducated politician, Ganga Ram Chaudhary (Abhishek Bachchan), is imprisoned for his involvement in a scam, his domesticated wife Bimla Devi (Nimrat Kaur) takes her place as chief minister of an Indian state. Bimla ends up going on her own power journey while Ganga Ram, after a series of verbal fights with stuck IPS officer Jyoti Deswal (Yami Gautam), experiences something of an epiphany and decides to take on the challenge of finally pursuing her degree. of high school.
Dasvi (meaning “tenth”) is a comedy that brings together two original main characters in the middle of North India. The trailer promises a family film (out April 7 on Netflix and Jio Cinema) which, in the stars’ own words, is by no means meant to be preachy, but aims to deliver clean, quality entertainment.
Abhishek (an underrated actor in our opinion) and Nimrat stand out in the Dasvi trailer, their impressive Haryanvi accent and comedic timing; Yami Gautam as an honest policeman also makes his mark; remains to be seen whether all the elements of Dasvi come together seamlessly and impress OTT audiences.
Meanwhile City hours caught up with Abhishek and Nimrat for a chat about their Dasvi characters, playing comic roles, memories of their own school life, and more.
the Dasvi the trailer is so funny and impactful and the premise itself is very unique. What stood out to you when you read the script for the first time?
I thought the whole story was very engaging and interesting, and told in a very lighthearted way; I liked the storytelling style and the way the director wanted to tell the story.
You were last seen in thrillers Bob Biswas and The big bull. Did you want to take a lighter route with Dasvi?
By the time Dasvi it happened, i had just arrived Ludo, Breathe, Bob Biswas; I was looking to do something lighter, and this fits perfectly.
Looks like you had a lot of fun playing the role of politician Ganga Ram Chaudhary…
I did, absolutely.
How satisfying is it to play a comedic role versus an intense or serious role?
It’s the same thing, I think; you are very happy when you manage to make a film as it should be. I don’t think there is any difference for an actor (between film genres); as long as you manage to do it justice and your audience loves it, that’s exactly what you’re looking for.
When you do a comedy, is there a kind of light atmosphere on the set?
I’m not sure, but yeah, I think when it’s a light movie, the vibe on set is a bit more jovial. When you’re doing an intense scene or an emotional scene, the mood is also reflected on set. So I think when you do something light it’s usually more jovial but, I mean, everyone’s still working really hard!
You have a very convincing Haryanvi accent in the trailer! What was the hardest thing about playing Ganga Ram?
Thank you! I obviously think you have to walk a tightrope between being responsible for telling the story the right way and balancing the right amount of entertainment with what you’re trying to say and get the point across.
We didn’t want to teach anyone. It wasn’t a movie about being preachy in any way. I think director Tushar Jalota’s attitude is to tell a great story and make people smile through it.
What also stands out from the trailer are the banter and verbal battles between you and Yami’s character. What was it like doing those scenes and working with her?
It was great! I really enjoyed working not only with Yami but also with Nimrat; it was the first time that I worked with both of them. I really think I became a better actor after being able to watch them and collaborate with them.
They are such generous artists, and it was really wonderful to work with them both – (they are) so professional, so disciplined, so responsive and so masters of their craft!
The focal point of Dasvi is obviously education; Thinking back to your own school life, how serious a student were you?
I was serious when it came to subjects I loved! We all have our favorites, but when I was in school I was always into my sports and drama. These took precedence over everything else.
In fact, I really enjoyed my school life. Some of the happiest days of my life were my school days. I like to learn. I wouldn’t say I was a mastermind, suffice it to say I was an above average student. For me, it was more about learning, it wasn’t just about studying.
Dasvi is being released on OTT which has seen a real boom since the pandemic. What does working for OTT mean to you personally; does it kind of give you the chance to appeal to a wider, global audience?
I guess the numbers would probably agree with you, but at the end of the day, as an actor, you’re just happy for people to see your work and movies, and I’m happy about that. Yes, the kind of reach and penetration that OTT platforms have for global audiences is spectacular, so that’s obviously a silver lining.
But the overriding emotion is that I’m happy that people see the film.
Dasvi’s trailer is so funny and impactful and the premise itself is very unique. What stood out to you when you read the script for the first time?
It was obvious because I had never been offered a role like this before, and I absolutely fell in love with it, right from the start!
I just heard two lines, that she (Bimla) is very innocent, simple and just someone who is relegated to family and house chores, and everything in her house.
She comes from Haryana, from the heart of the country, and she has absolutely no education; suddenly she becomes chief minister because her husband is going to prison. That got me; I mean, there was nothing else I needed to know; I said “I’m going”!
How satisfying is it to play a comedic role versus an intense or serious role?
Honestly, it’s like such a breath of fresh air! I have never been offered a comedic role in my film career. And I would like to say two things; the first is that as an actor, it’s so refreshing to step into someone’s shoes without having to take yourself too seriously.
You know the point of the scene is to lighten the mood, it’s to go up the graph of the story with its comedic timing and with your co-actors, with the help of the writing. That’s the acting part, which is very exciting.
So as a first (comedy role) to begin with, I absolutely loved it and I’m very grateful to producer Dinesh Vijan, director Tushar Jalota and the writers for considering me for a role like this, no point benchmark and having that kind of faith in myself that I will be able to succeed. Whether I have it or not is up to people to decide once they see the movie.
It’s a. And as a girl, I felt very empowered doing scenes where I had to create comedy from the script. I’m not generalizing, but more often than not what you see is that women tend to be the subject of comedy. So driving the comic tension in a scene or driving the humor isn’t always given to actresses and the writing doesn’t always allow it. Women are rarely entrusted with this.
So I felt very encouraged and extremely empowered both as a girl and as an actor.
What was it like working with Abhishek?
He is fantastic. To tell the truth, this is one of his finest performances, if not up there! He is wonderful, a complete gentleman. Honestly, the more I talk, the less it will be about how amazing his work ethic is and how not only is he encouraging as a co-actor, but he makes sure the atmosphere on set is so light and easy.
He’s so insightful as a human being, very intuitive. There is so much to learn and observe as a co-actor.
He has no air, no heaviness, no weariness and has no chip on his shoulder. These are things that we take for granted in human beings as they progress in their careers and in their lives, but I think it’s about standing up and taking notice of the choices that people around are making. from U.S. By that I mean Abhishek, not just as an actor but even as a human being. I came out so enriched and so inspired by his presence.
The focal point of Dasvi is education; Thinking back to your own school life, how serious a student were you?
I used to take my studies very seriously, but I used to do nothing good to the same extent! I did all kinds of shenanigans and never got caught; I have to give myself that credit (laughs).
I had a lot of fun at school. I have always been very involved in extracurricular activities and I am grateful to my family for not forcing me to conform to one type of school life, which was studies and nothing else! I used to debate, I used to dance, I used to perform on stage; Before, I did all kinds of things. So I’m very grateful to you!
Do you want Dasvi be more than just entertainment for the public? What would you like them to take away?
It’s not for me to decide! I feel like if the movie entertains you, I’d like people to sit down with their families and watch it over and over again, because it’s a really clean, innocent movie.
I hope they take whatever they want, be it certain scenes, performances or narration. Dasvi is about so many things; it’s a second chance, it’s never too late to do something in your life. Honestly, I really can’t find (just one).