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This is how Vishal Jethwa prepared for his role in Mardaani 2

Updated on: 18 December,2019 02:09 PM IST  |  Mumbai

Vishal Jethwa, who played the antagonist in Mardaani 2, reveals what the process of becoming the character was like

This is how Vishal Jethwa prepared for his role in Mardaani 2

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Debutant Vishal Jethwa, who plays a brutal serial rapist in the latest release Mardaani 2, says prepping for this film was a painful process for him emotionally.

"I'm a very happy, social person so this character is a complete contrast to who I'm in real life. It was very, very hard for me to become Sunny but I knew I had to prove myself as an actor. The preparation for this film was a painful process for me emotionally," Vishal said. The actor says he prepared really hard for the dark character named Sunny in the film.

"I'm an actor so I approached my debut with as much honesty and integrity towards the character that I was given to play. I knew that for media and people to love my character, I will need them to hate Sunny and I prepped really hard. It was not easy because I'm not this evil person," he added.

Inspired by true crimes against women by juveniles, Mardaani 2 sees Rani in a race against time to capture a brutal serial rapist, played by Vishal. "To transform into Sunny, I used to put a chair in the middle of the room and I used to vent all my anger, all my aggression towards it as if it was a person. I used a rod to hit the chair, abuse at the chair, shout and scream at the chair as if I was Sunny and I had to cause pain," he said.

Vishal stressed that he was exhausted after this process because "Sunny is a person no one should ever become. Our film warns of people like him". Talking about how he got into the skin of the character, he said: "I also decided that I will wear the same clothes that Sunny wore in the film so that he can be with me even when I wasn't rehearsing. I wore Sunny's clothes through the shooting schedule. At one point in time, I stopped taking a bath with soap because Sunny is a filthy human being."

He added: "I used to go to my house and lock myself up in my house for hours and hours and try and behave like Sunny, trying to find a body language, posture, demeanour." Vishal searched for a lot of news clips about such criminals and in detail researched their crimes and their state of mind while committing these crimes.

"I was in a very dark place and I remember one day I couldn't take it anymore and I broke down and kept sobbing and howling for a long time as this character ate me from inside. But, I think, everything that I did to become Sunny paid off at the end because of the love and appreciation that I'm getting now," he said.

He agrees it was a tough phase for him, but he had to go through it to bring Sunny to life. Vishal says playing a negative character for his debut film was a tough choice for him.

"But I'm an actor at the end of the day and I would like to showcase my acting in every possible way..." He added: "...I would love to be a part of good films and I'm not thinking about what my next film or role should be. I'm ready to do good work in good films. This is a dream come true for me so I'm not going to strategise now and just enjoy the work."

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