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    Karan Mehra on playing a pretentious detective and learning to laugh at himself

    KARAN Mehra can go to any lengths to get into character. He recently put stones in his trousers and didna��t sleep for three days to get the right gait for his role in the upcoming film, Badmashiyan. a�?The dichotomy of performance is that sometimes actors pus1h the envelope to get the look right and for some ita��s the excitement of the end result that gives them sleepless nights. For me, both matter,a�? begins the actor who was last seen with Sunny Leone in Ragini MMS 2 and Mere Dad Ki Maruti. In the musical rom-com, Mehra plays detective Pinkesh. a�?He is a self-proclaimed Benedict Cumberbatch in his role as Sherlock Holmes and is on the trail of a con girl, with whom he falls in love eventually,a�? says Mehra, who started out with the television industry. For the role of Pinkesh, he got help from his friend, actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who is also playing a detective in Dibakar Banerjeea��s Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. a�?Sushant and I have been friends for several years. He plays Byomkesh and I play a pretentious one,a�? he smiles. Meanwhile, Mehraa��s Amen (2011) has been selected by the University of Ohio as part of their syllabus. a�?As for genres and subjects, Ia��m only looking for good work with good people. So if someone thinks I fit into the bracket, call me,a�? he laughs. With his brand of self deprecating humour, the actor jokes that he is too perfect for improvement. But he does add, a�?Acting doesna��t have exams like medicine and engineering. You can keep learning and exploring.a�? For Mehra, family is everything. a�?My mom thinks Ia��m the best mix of all the three Khans, my wife is always worried that girls are hitting on mea�� unfortunately that never happensa��and my sister is the one givingA� me reality checks,a�? he shares.
    Badmashiyan is scheduled to release today.


    Mrinalini Sundar


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