Mumbai: Ask anyone who has been an onscreen actor – from films to shows and commercials – and they’ll tell you repetition is a big part of the process. But Gulshan Devaiah defied all when he shot a six-pager scene in six minutes! On the sets of ‘Shiksha Mandal…India’s Biggest Education Scam’ the team was on a tight schedule with the location available only for a couple of hours. Not only did Gulshan Devaiah shoot the scene after a thorough rehearsal, but also nailed it!
The show’s director, Syed Ahmad Afzal, said, “It was a highly emotional, layered scene, literally a six pager, establishing the turmoil in the personal lives of three important characters. We had limited time and enormous pressure as we were on the last day of that location. Gulshan’s character was leading the scene, and the outcome of the scene weighed a lot on his performance. The rehearsal took at least 45 minutes, and I was quite apprehensive that we hadn’t even shot a single frame. When the final rehearsal happened, we shot that scene in 6 minutes flat.”
“The performances of all three actors were top-notch. Gulshan’s craft is such that he understands the gist of the scene so well that his performance flows. I’ve never seen Gulshan struggling with the graph of a scene. I think he maps out the scene well in his head, even before he starts enacting it. In my opinion, it’s one of the finest enacted scenes in the series. Shivaani Singh and Niharika Porwalably supported Gulshan during the rehearsals and while filming. I’ve never shot such a complex scene that fast in my entire career. Also, much credit goes to my DOP and crew for being extremely patient and efficient,” added Syed.
In the show, Gulshan portrays the role of a simple, hardworking young man running a coaching centre with aspirations for his family. Shiksha Mandal is inspired by true events and highlights the problems of a typical student who falls prey to the unjust practices of the educational system. It also stars Gauahar Khan and Pavan Raj Malhotra in pivotal roles. The show will be launching on MX Player on 15th September.