I’m open to modern stories: Nitish Bharadwaj

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016,11:23 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | His portrayal of lord Krishna remains one of the most memorable roles on television but actor Nitish Bharadwaj, who is all set to make a comeback after 20 years with Mohenjo Daro, says he is keen to explore modern stories with challenging roles.

Nitish became a household name after playing Krishna in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat and he says while he enjoyed his stint in mythological dramas, he is equally comfortable with commercial movies.

I want to explore modern stories. I am open to the characters that are interesting to play and challenge me as an actor. I’m ready to accept challenging human emotions after having dealt with divine ones, the actor said. A trained theatre director, Nitish made his directional debut with feature film Pitruroon. He has returned to the silver screen after a long gap, in Ashutosh Gowariker’s movie. He will play an indigo farmer Durjan in the Hrithik Roshan-starrer.

It was challenging for me after having done Krishna and mythical TV show VishnuPuran and other similar characters. Playing mere mortal is a challenge when you are doing lord who is above all the human emotions, he joked.

Throwing more light on his role of Durjan Kaka, Nitish said, This character has certain amount of mystery around him. He is not too straight a character, which is interesting. When asked about his long gap from the industry, the TV star said, I was looking out for different kind of role which would not be anywhere identical to Krishna and also television kept me busy.

Nitish says Gowariker has known him for a long time and perhaps trusted him with the character, who is crucial part of the story. Ashu (Ashutosh) knows me since my theatre days even before ‘Krishna’. He probably trusted my ability to perform a very different roles than what popularly people know me for. So, it is his trust in me as an actor that made him approach me. He thought I’ll do justice to the part, he said.