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Freddy Daruwala in a candid chat with Komal Sharma on how he has successfully played the role of ACP Bakhtawar in Commando 2

IMG_7699To begin with, how did Commando 2 come your way?

Commando 2 was part of my deal with Vipul Shah, where I will probably do three films exclusively with his production company and two non-exclusive films. So, in a way, I have a five-film contract with him.

What was the brief given to you and how did you work on your character, ACP Bakhtawar?

Coincidentally, my grand-uncle was the police commissioner of Surat, so I can relate to this character easily. Police guys have pretty much the same characteristics but it is not easy to understand their psyche. I had to work on that. In the very first scene of mine, this guy says that the protest is very peaceful and you don’t need to do a lathi charge, and then he gets a call, after which he has to clear the crowd with a lathi charge… So, the job of the police is not to follow what is right or wrong but to maintain law and order, and that’s what his psyche is all about. So Bakhtawar’s graph also pretty much revolves around law and order.

What was it like to work with director Deven Bhojani and with your co-stars?

Vidyut (Vidyut Jammwal) I have known for 7 to 8 years; we are very good friends. Esha (Esha Gupta), I have known her since her modelling days. And with Adah (Adah Sharma) it didn’t take time to strike a chord with her. Deven sir (Deven Bhojani) was also just like us. He has directed  some of the best  TV series, like Sarabhai vs Sarabhai and Sumit Sambhal Lega. This is not my first film, nor Vidyut’s, or Esha or Adah’s but it was his first film. So he was very committed to his work. His thoughts are young and he even dresses really cool. He was the most stylish person on the sets.

Were you always inclined towards acting?

It wasn’t like I always wanted to be an actor but, yes, I was always inclined towards it. During my modelling career, I realised that my dreams and desires were very limited. So there was a voice inside me, saying that there was much more to explore in the world and investing energy in that something would take me closer to my goals. Before getting into the film Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, I did a lot of theatre workshops and I still keep doing them.

How was your overall experience in Commando 2?

The Commando 2 experience was very good. I knew the cast and the director well. Also, I had worked with the producer in the film Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty. So it was like more of a ‘ghar ka event’ sort of experience. But in spite of knowing everyone, you still have to do your job and if you don’t know your job, you cannot earn respect or love. Overall, I had a great experience.

What’s next for you?

I have done another film called Umeed, which will be doing the rounds of international film festivals. Then, I will be doing another film down South, shooting for which will start at the end of March. I am also doing a regional film in Gujarat.  

Komal Sharma
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