Sikander Kher on returning to the second instalment of the Sushmita Sen-starrer Aarya
Taking inspiration from his mother, Kirron Kher — who returned to the judges’ panel of India’s Got Talent after battling cancer — Sikander Kher focuses on staying busy with work. “My mother [believes] that an actor should wish to stay busy because the rest is not in your control.” Sikander is gearing up for the second season of the Sushmita Sen-lead Aarya, where he plays the silent hitman, Daulat protecting his boss’s family.
A still from Aarya
The first instalment of the Disney+ Hotstar series ended with Sikander’s character going behind bars. The show picks up from where they left off in season two. But for the actor, returning to the character’s psyche was a challenge. “At first, it took time to find Daulat again. In movies, once you shoot for the role, you [usually] don’t have to return to it. It took me three takes to feel the character [within me]. It takes time to figure out the character,” says the actor, who is grateful to digital entertainment for keeping artistes employed. “OTT gives space for many stories, thus giving people employment options.”
Dealing with his mother’s illness has changed Sikander’s thought process and unpredictability of life. “Mom has always been a fighter, full of life and energy. She doesn’t take anything for granted, and still has a positive outlook on life. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. [So], you have to live for today and stay busy,” adds Sikander.
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