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Actor YashpalA�Shamra on his role inA�Neeli Chattri WaleA�and the genresA�he prefers

Having essayed several negativeA�and grey roles on the big screen,Yashpal Sharma will now beA�seen playing a harried
Bhagwan Das, in a new show,A�Neeli Chattri Wale, on ZeeA�TV. a�?I am taunted either byA�my father or wife or children.A�I am this kind-heartedA�person but no one realisesA�that. I do not believe inA�God but I visit temples andA�recite prayers to keep myA�family happy. I have anA�encounter with God and then thingsA�change,a�? says the actor, 47, who wasA�noticed for his roles in movies likeA�Lagaan, Gangaajal, Ab TakA�Chhappan and Rowdy Rathore.

Relating to the character in real life,A�he says, a�?I am like Das. I believeA�there is a superior power but I don’tA�go to temples and pray all the time.a�?A�Movie vs televisionA�Inspired by the movie, OMGa��OhA�My God, this light-hearted serialA�will be Sharmaa��s third outing in
television, after Mera NaamA�Karegi Roshan (Zee TV) andA�Taarak Mehta Ka OoltahA�Chashmah (Sab TV). a�?I had gotA�several offers from different channelsA�but never took up any projectsA�because then I would not be able toA�do any films,a�? says the actor. So,A�what made him take up NeeliA�Chattri Wale? a�?Ashwni Dhir, whoA�will be directing, started recitingA�the script. We hadna��t even reachedA�the second episode and I agreed toA�to play the role because I couldA�relate to it so well,a�? he says. NowA�that the actor has signed up for theA�serial, he will not be taking upmovies for the next six months.
Memory lane
As for Sharmaa��s favourite genres,the actor likes realistic drama, a�?beA�it a thriller, comedy or tragedy. AskA�him about his earliest televisionA�memory and he picks ChitrahaarA�on Doordarshan. a�?I used to watchA�the films they played every SundayA�in a neighboura��s house,a�? he says.A�Neeli Chattri Wale premiers onA�Zee television on August 30,from 8 pm onwards.
a�� Mrinalini Sundar


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