Yashpal Sharma might be a Haryanvi by origin but he has played characters from Hindi heartland for a major part of his acting. Now the actor is all slated to essay a Marathi guy in an upcoming period film about karmic retribution. Ironically, the film’s story revolves around the Bihar earthquake of 1934 and Mumbai’s 26/11 of 2008!
Though the role was challenging, Yashpal says he tried not to give into cinematic stereotypes. “My character’s name in the film is Sadashiv Apte and this is the first time I’m playing a local guy. During the making, I just tried my best not to be a victim of image.
I do not confine myself to a particular genre or did not do only positive or comic roles. I’m not worried about the image just like Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan and Manoj Bajpayee, who are all real actors,” says the National School of Drama graduate.
Having never played a Maharashtrian before on the big screen, Yashpal had to prep himself to get the accent right. However, his theatre background came in handy. “I’m a theatre actor first so I just had to prepare a bit.
I practiced and it made my dialogs perfect. You can’t say that I’m someone from north India when you hear me deliver my dialogues with Marathi accent,” signs off Yashpal.