Mahabharat starring Shaheer Sheikh and Pooja Sharma as Arjun-Draupadi is being rerun on Star Plus amidst of the lockdowm. The mythological drama once again has found a good viewership. We spoke to the Producer of the show, Siddharth Kumar Tewary on the casting of the characters, that gained so much of popularity.
Talking about Draupadi's role, Siddharth revealed he almost auditioned 1000 actresses but found that fire in Pooja Sharna. He mentioned, "Pooja is one of the most fabulous actors I have worked with. She was the last one to get cast as I don't remember for how many years we auditioned actresses for Draupadi. It was a really tough casting. We were looking for someone who has fire in her eyes and could perform well as it was a performance oriented character. After taking 1000 other auditions, I saw Pooja and she was bang on who could set the screen on fire because that was the actual demand of the character. I really admire Pooja's work and have respect for her commitment level. She got the least time to prepare for the role but I could see her talent.
Siddharth further praised Pooja for her way of working and skills. "She comes from a very rare breed of actors, who don't take up anything and everything they come across but which come across but wait for the right thing and only accept the characters which can add value," said Siddharth.
The Producer then shared a very intersting story about Arjun, essayed by Shaheer Sheikh. Talking about how he convinced Shaheer to play Arjun, Siddharth said, "I had worked with Shaheer before Mahabharat, he is a great guy. We had done this show, Navya together where he played a cute boy. He is extremely committed to work, wonderful actor and most importantly an amazing human being. He was just the kind of person I looking for Arjun and he was not convinced because Arjun had to look like a warrior. I must give it to him he had to build his physic, grow hair and build that kind of personality to fit in the role. He had a softness in his eyes already which was another important requirement for Arjun.
For more than a year, Shaheer worked on himself. I could see it that deep inside his heart, he wanted to become Arjun. And when we started shooting he had the belief and I had my belief in him. I am really happy that I cast Shaheer as Arjun as he actually created a miracle on screen."