Ansh Bagri: I really changed my personality to be able to be part of Baghin
There are some characters that transform you as a person, and for actor Ansh Bagri, that role is the one he plays in the show Baghin. The actor plays the role of Deva in the show and says that it is very different from what he has played before.
“The last TV show I did was Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji. And after that, in 2020, the lockdown happened. Following that, I worked on two feature films that are yet to be released. Due to those films, I couldn't take on any television projects. During that break, I participated in a web series called Love Ka Panga with Asha Negi, which aired on Hungama. When I got the offer for Baghin last year, I was the first one to finalise my participation. After that, they were searching for a girl, and we conducted numerous mock shoots with various actresses. Eventually, they selected the final actress. Meanwhile, I had four or five months, and I was fully committed to this show. During that time, I began working on my character because my role is situated in the jungle and requires a rugged appearance. I started growing my hair and focused on my physique since there were scenes requiring a bare chest. My introduction in the show involves being bare-chested, which was crucial, and fortunately, I had sufficient time. I dedicated almost four months to developing my character and working on my physique. I have also trained in martial arts because the series includes fight sequences, and I've dedicated a lot of time to that. I engaged in intense workouts, incorporating cardio, weight training, and martial arts classes.” he says.
He adds, “I'm playing a character called Deva, and he is always out in the sun and doesn't care about how he looks. During this process, I started tanning myself. This character is very heavy on emotions and very different. While playing this character, I really changed my personality. It actually automatically changed my personality and actual look because I started thinking like Deva in everything, and the way he looks and all, it's very different. I've never done anything like this before. I hope the audience will enjoy Deva's emotion, dimension, looks, long hair, and everything. ‘Baghin’ is a very unique title, and I hope it attracts the audience.”
Meanwhile, the actor says that work that is destined to come to you, will eventually be yours. “No one takes someone else's work. People who have work, have a lot of it, and those who don't have any work find it tough. I am very choosy about my work, so I have limited options. If something doesn't excite me, then I don't find it interesting. In Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji, the character was not a typical daily soap guy, who was just standing behind and saying lines. There should be something in the script that excites me as an actor. The character Rocky that I played was not a typical saas-bahu character; he was different. Deva is also very different and the show has very good storytelling.
When asked about the competition in the industry Ansh says, "People are destined to get work, and I feel there is no competition because the characters that are meant to be done by me, nobody else can fill. So, there is no insecurity when it comes to work for me."