In spite of the fact that he made his film debut at 24 with Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1994), it was distinctly with the 2018 sleeper hit Badhaai Ho that Gajraj Rao shot to popularity. The Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan actor, who has been appreciating a strong run at the movies from that point forward, is currently preparing for a digital trip with Disney+Hotstar’s PariWar.

Rao, who has Kashiram Narayan in the six-part series, gave his nod to the show as it satisfied his long-standing want to work with director Sagar Ballary of Bheja Fry popularity. “That’s my all-time favourite movie; I can watch it repeatedly. I have seen it twice in the past five months. Although I have not seen the final cut of PariWar, I trust the script; it is funny and interesting,” says the actor.

The gathering comedy additionally includes Ranvir Shorey, Abhishek Banerjee, Yashpal Sharma, Vijay Raaz, and Nidhi Singh. “It was an amazing experience to collaborate with such talented actors, especially comedian Kumar Varun, who is quite popular in the comedy circuit. He is playing my Man Friday and is the narrator of the show.”

While Rao has continued work in the midst of the pandemic, he concedes the danger is higher for actors on the set. “The crew and technicians wear PPE suits, masks, and shields; we have to deliver our dialogues without any protection. I recently shot two TV commercials. The set felt like an operation theatre.”

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