Angad Bedi, who was seen playing the role of a male chauvinist pig in Shoojit Sarkar’s PINK and the boy next door in Dear Zindagi, is now seen in India’s first original series on Amazon Prime, titled Inside Edge. Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar-owned Excel Entertainment, the show premiered on Amazon Prime yesterday. Based on a popular cricket league that’s set against the backdrop of a betting scandal, Inside Edge is a first of a kind web series to debut on the online channel.
In the show, Angad is seen essaying the role of Arvind Vashishth, captain of a PPL team, called Mumbai Mavericks. Arvind is an ace batsman who has been associated with the world of Cricket since the last 15 years, which also involves his stint as the captain of the Indian cricket team. While Angad is excited to make a debut on an unchartered territory like the web with Inside Edge, he speaks to India.com in a free-wheeling chat about the challenges in undertaking the role, his father Bishen Singh Bedi’s word of advice and much more… Read excerpts from the interview below:
Why is Inside Edge so special for Angad?
Angad is excited for the series for two reasons—first being that it’s an Excel Entertainment Production, which gave him the opportunity to be part of Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s dream project. Second, Inside Edge is the first web series that Amazon Prime has undertaken. Thus, a lot of good content and shows now depend on Inside Edge doing well, which not only raises expectations out of the series but also excites him as an actor. “The content of the show is very good. On paper, Inside Edge is a fabulous undertaking. It has been executed really well, now let’s hope that the people love it,” he said.
Can you give us details about your role?
It’s a very mature role. He has been associated with the world of Cricket for nearly 15 years. He has also been the captain of the Indian cricket team for a while and now he has this big challenge before him, ie heading Mumbai Mavericks team,” he said. What also makes Arvind a very challenging role to play is the fact that he is a complex person handling myriads of emotions all at once. “He is a very earnest, upright individual. Cricket is his religion. He is this guy who has always been in control of his emotions. He has different equations with different people. His personal relationship is in turmoil and the series shows how he overcomes that. He is also given the task of disciplining the boys in his team. While all this is happening, he is also seen trying to balance his relation with the Mumbai Maverick’s owner, Zarina Malik (Richa Chadha). He is seen having a very complex character and that’s what makes the role so exciting,” he admitted. (ALSO READ: Vivek Oberoi: Are you telling me every film that has done 100 crore is a good film?)
Why did you take up something like Inside Edge?
It’s something I really wanted to do after Pink, which put me in a grey space. I wanted to play a positive character. But this role not only put me in a positive space but also made me play a character with myriad shades to him, which was interesting.
Is the story fictional or inspired from a real life story?
The series is purely a work of fiction. When you write something, there’s obviously inspiration from real life instances but this series is purely fictional and so are its characters. They have been written very well. The situation surrounding these characters too has been ideated very well. That’s what makes it something to watch out for. Cricket is not in the forefront. It’s in the backdrop. There’s a lot more drama happening in the series that one needs to watch out for. (ALSO READ: Richa Chadha Dating Angad Bedi?)
What tips did you get from your dad Bishen Singh Bedi?
When I told him about the role, he said ‘make sure that you think like a cricketer. When you’re an actor you have to think like an actor but when you’re playing a sportsman, then you have to think like a sportsman.’ You see, when you play a sportsman, you have to change your thought process, physicality and understand that it’s not about portraying the character on screen but about making the character seem more meaningful and believable. When you’re a cricketer, you cannot look like an actor. That’s a very simple thing that you need to understand. You have to be that sportsperson. If you see Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Farhan was never Farhaan Akhtar. He was Milkha Singh – the core of the being from the first shot. That’s what my father told me to keep in mind.
Are you planning to show this to Yuvraj Singh who is a close friend?
I am looking forward to him coming back soon so that if time permits we could catch up and watch the series together.
The web series that premiered on Amazon Prime yesterday has been helmed by Karan Anshuman, who made his directorial debut with Farhan’s Excel Entertainment’s Bangistan in 2015, and also stars Vivek Oberoi, Sanjay Suri, Sayani Gupta, Sarah Jane Dias and Tanuj Virwani in key roles.