Actor Gibran Osman says his latest project on the small screen is also an experiment in self-improvement
NATURAL with kids, Gibran Osman, actor and entrepreneur, is a perfect fit in the role of a pediatrician in the upcoming tele-serial, Uyirmei. Directed by V Priya and her husband Bhushan Kalyan, who has worked previously with famed director Mani Ratnam on movies like Iruvar, this medical drama for Z Tamil also has Amala Akkineni in the lead role. Talking about the show, the former VJ (SS Music) says, “It is a hospital drama that deals with medical aspects and personal situations that most can relate to.” In the serial, his character, Dr Karan Bhalla, is likeable and a hit with his patients.
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As for Kavitha, the role played by Akkineni, Osman says, “She is one of the senior doctors and has a vision for the hospital. She has her team of doctors and I am one among them.” Talking about the director, Priya, Osman finds her to be a firecracker—a task master, who is meticulous with her scripts. “Priya made audio recordings of each character’s dialogues, three weeks in advance, so we could memorise them,” explains the Chennai-based theatre artiste. The 29-year-old also enthuses about the sets of the serial. “We are shooting in Ambattur where Thota Tharani has designed a sprawling hospital at a construction site,” he adds.
On his decision to get back to the small screen after five years, “I wanted to work with someone who knows what they are doing,” says the actor who is also the owner of Studio BAS, at Kader Nawaz Khan Road. In celluloid, Osman was last seen in this year’s Unnodu Oru Naal, a suspense thriller, and Bale Pandiya, four years ago. Up next is S J Surya’s Isai later this year.
According to Priya, Uyirmei will be different from other tele serials. ‘‘It will not have the usual mega serial format. The episodes will focus on medical and emotional issues. There is something that one can take from each character and situation,’’ she says.
The show goes on air from August.