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ACTOR SUNIL KUMAR PALWAL

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Sunil Kumar Palwal. In the span of a short meeting in Mumbai, I vibed with his can-do attitude, his hunger to play challenging characters, his insatiable appetite to break free of the conventional. Here, the star of intense Kashmir-based play ''Barff'' speaks on his experience in theatre and cinema and why modelling is not an option.

 

"Modelling was not an option for me because my role models were always Irrfan Khan and Naseeruddin Shah. I wanted to be like them i.e. one of the finest actors in this nation. I always wanted to keep myself away from the tag of  "Model". At that time, even famous models were struggling to become decent actors… which was not inspiring for me. So I thought I would only focus on acting, whatever it takes. And fortunately I got selected in FTII where I was introduced to the world of cinema and masters of the craft. That is when I realised how much I had to learn to reach their level… and I am still learning. You know, I was fortunate to work with acclaimed director, actor and writer Saurabh Shukla sir at FTII. He had come for our workshop, where he did experimental work with the play "Rashmirathi" where I played the role of Surya Putra Karn. It was such a learning experience!! After five years of that workshop, this year, he called me for this play a pivotal character in his play, "Barff". While he was narrating the script, I connected with it right then, and we embarked on the journey.

 

That's how my foray into theatre began. I had a strong belief in myself that I could do it. And that’s what got me through. I've always wanted to do something beyond my comfort zone, something that gives me an adrenaline rush… which "Barff" gave me. I didn't go to Kashmir for research but I did intense research online, watched documentaries, videos, talked to my Kashmiri friends and tried to connect with the culture, lifestyle and struggle of Kashmiris. The crew of the play is simple… only three actors are present. However, their characters are complex. It's not a simple role to play. For example, Sadiya Siddiqui's character has to depict the role of an emotionally and mentally imbalanced mother, I have to portray the unconditional undying love of a husband and Saurabh Sir's role has its own challenges. Yet, the feelings when I'm on stage.Those feelings are magical. If I explain the magic then it's not magic anymore. All I can tell you is that it's a roller coaster ride. I truly lived and breathed every moment of what you saw on the stage. It was almost impossible not to think as the character, to really transform into that man. There are a lot of emotional moments in the play. I just try to be honest with the emotions.

 

It's a thriller set in a snowy night in an abandoned village in Kashmir. Saurabh Shukla sir plays an unsuspecting doctor who comes to the aid of anxious parents of an ailing child… and the three get caught in a whirlwind of conflicting questions on truth, reality and belief. On a serious note, ''Barff'' has taught me a lot as an actor. It has made me more vulnerable. And working with Saurabh Shukla sir, Vinay Pathak and Sadiya Siddiqui was… learning from the best. It’s impossible not to throw our own emotions into the mix and Saurabh Shukla sir gives so much freedom to actors to explore their character; he always encouraged the choices I made as an actor. That's why, even today, I feel, 'OMG! Wow I'm here!' Few months back, I finished an independent feature film "The Break Journey" directed by Pramod Jhajharia. In this movie, I play the role of Dr. Aayush Goel who is diagnosed with amnesia. It was a very challenging role!! I had to undergo intense research and lost 7-8 kgs of weight in the process. I'm also doing another play "An Ode to MV Wisdom" directed by Jeff Goldberg. I have these shows lined up for the next two months. And then I'm going to start preparation for my next independent feature film. I can't disclose the details right now but it's an amazing script and I'm very excited to begin working on it'' he smiles. 

 

Reminiscing about my meeting with him, I feel the key to Sunil Kumar Palwal's appeal is inscrutability. There's a mystery to him. He's drawn toward demanding projects — and appears to have an visible inner life, a depth that a lot of actors don't have. It's what makes him fascinating on the stage and screen.
 

SUNIL KUMAR PALWAL
Sunil Kumar Palwal
 
SUNIL KUMAR PALWAL
A still from 'Barff'
 
SUNIL KUMAR PALWAL
A still from 'Barff'
 
SUNIL KUMAR PALWAL
Sunil Kumar Palwal. An actor who gets into the skin of the characters he plays.
 
SUNIL KUMAR PALWAL
'Barff'
 
04-MAY-2016
 
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