Prateik Babbar plays the role of migrant worker who walks back home during the lockdown (Photo Credits- Show Still)
Prateik Babbar, who has made a mark in the entertainment industry with his work in ‘Dum Maro Dum’, ‘Darbar’ and ‘Brahmastra’, is all set for his upcoming film ‘India Lockdown’ directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. He talks about his role and what makes the film worth watching.
He is seen playing the role of Madhav, a migrant worker who is forced to go back to his village with his wife due to the lockdown.
Talking about his role, Prateik Babbar said: “My role is that of a migrant worker whose life comes to a standstill and he is caught in a dilemma whether to try and live in a city away from home. Should I do it or would it be wise? Go back home and live within your means.
On how he prepared for his character, the ‘Baaghi 2’ actor said: “We did a lot of preparation for this character. I met some migrant workers and had a heart-to-heart conversation with them. I Was a keen observer of everything he shared and did. From his body language and how he lived his worldly life. All these daily observations gave me an insight into playing Madhav.”
The actor said another challenging task was learning the dialect and for perfection, he took coaching and watched films.
“The quote was different. It is Hindi but more like Bihari Hindi. The pronunciations were very different. We had a dialogue coach on set who helped us through every word, dialogue and emotion. That was a bit about preparation. I also saw reference films like ‘Chakra’, ‘Aakrosh’, ‘Ankur’, ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ which had characters similar to migrants. Understanding his struggle and anger was very important for Madhav’s preparation.
‘India Lockdown’ is about the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown on the common people. It highlights how many people became jobless, the issue of migrant workers going back to their native places, and sex workers being denied their source of income.
When asked if the film is worth watching and how people will connect with it, he said, “Why shouldn’t people watch ‘India Lockdown’? It is a sentiment we all share globally and it is not only in our country It is a universally shared emotion. It binds us together. ‘India Lockdown’ portrays the feelings and emotions of anger, confusion, anxiety and restlessness experienced by laborers and citizens around the world. Is.
“I think coping with the pandemic was not easy. It is a reminder of the times when we all experienced darkness together and came out together and found the light. The human spirit was tested but we emerged stronger,” he concluded.
Starring Shweta Basu Prasad, Prateik Babbar, Aahana Kumra, Sai Tamhankar and Prakash Belawadi in lead roles, the film will stream on ZEE5 from 2nd December.
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