Sharad Malhotra opens up on preparing for his role in ‘Rebel’ (Photo Credits: Instagram)

‘Bano Main Teri Dulhan’ actor Sharad Malhotra is all set for his upcoming show ‘Rebel’. He is going to be seen playing the historical character of freedom fighter ‘Bakshi Jagabandhu’.

It is never an easy task to bring such a powerful character on screen. The promo of this show has been released recently. Sharad elaborated on the preparatory work and challenges of doing this special role. He also learned horse riding and martial arts.

Ssharad Malhotra reveals: “I have had to do a lot for the show. An action workshop was also organized where we were taught some of the local martial arts of Odisha. We were also taught fencing but I have been taking some training in it for some time now which helped. We were also given horse riding training. My personal preparation would include doing some in-depth research about the rebellion, reading books from the time, and watching some relevant material on TV. I am always making my notes to improve the character. I had to go through a lot to get the right kind of body language to play the role of ‘Jagbandhu’.”

Sharad further explains that he has to work to lose weight and also has to work hard on voice modulation.

Ssharad Malhotra says: “I had to lose weight and gain muscle mass to get the perfect look. The kind of show I have worked in before is very different from the character in ‘Jagbandhu’, so I had to work on my voice modulation, dialect and of course body language. We needed an Oriya touch to all of this so it was worked out keeping the dialect in mind. We wanted everything to be very authentic and so we had to learn a lot about the state of Odisha.”

“It is an untold story of our rich history so we wanted to get it right. Since I belong to Kolkata, I can attest to the similarity between the two states, Odisha and West Bengal, which helped me and the episodes I’ve heard are fantastic. We even shot in the rain for that matter! I remember driving from Mumbai to Karjat, where the shooting was scheduled during monsoons during heavy rains. The promo has got some crazy reactions as expected,” concluded Sharad.

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