Manish Chaudhari: “A lot of work goes into the making of an antagonist”

Amrita Tanna

Senior Editor


Manish Chaudhari has most recently been seen in Ram Madhvani’s web-series, currently streaming on Hotstar. In ‘Aarya’, he’s seen as the chief villain and, as always, has been appreciated in the role he played. caught up with the actor to talk about the success of the show.

Your performance as Shekhawat in ‘Aarya’ has been applauded. How does this feel?
I am over the moon! I am ecstatic with the audience’s acceptance and love for our series. My character Shekhawat has found a place in the audience’s hearts and imagination. That is my greatest reward as an actor!

You’ve played a variety of roles throughout your career. How do you feel when a negative character is appreciated?
I feel wonderful! Throughout my career, starting with Rocket Singh in 2009, I have been given the responsibility of playing the antagonist. I take this responsibility very seriously and have always tried to bring in a strong sense of reality and “believability” to these characters. A lot of work goes into the making of an antagonist and when this work is appreciated by the audience and my peers, there really isn’t a greater joy for me.

What particularly attracts you to the roles you take up?
Their complexity and the strong sense of the Human Condition that they carry within their being. I look at my characters as metaphors of the Human Condition. The greatest characters are those that survive in the audience’s imagination long after they were created.

‘Aarya’ marked the debut of Sushmita Sen on an online platform. How did you find working with her?
An absolute pleasure! She comes with an amazingly positive energy, ready to try new things, ready to stumble and fall, only to get up stronger. The result is there for everyone to see in Aarya.

If you could have chosen to play any of the other characters in Aarya, could you choose one apart from Shekhawat?
Not at all! It is Shekhawat for me, all the way!!

What’s next for you?
You will see me next in a web-series directed by Alankrita Srivastav and produced by Endemol shine. And in a web-series SOT, on Sony LIV, produced by Banijay Asia and Salman Khan TV.

‘Aarya’ premiered on Hotstar on 19th June and is continues to receive praise.