Dream run

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Sep 2018 13:07:17


THE lion-hearted character of Aladdin is played by none other than Siddharth Nigam. He is a charismatic rebel who gets his work done promptly with his smooth-talking skills and street smartness. A lovable rogue and a hopeless romantic, Aladdin is forced to become a thief by his uncle and aunt owing to certain personal obligations and burdens of his family’spast. He shares a beautiful relationship with his Ammi played by Smita Bansal, who is his biggest strength as well as weakness.

Have you watched Aladdin as a kid?

Yes, I watched Aladdin as a kid. Since childhood till now, Aladdin is one of my favourite characters. I am playing that very role, so it is a good thing. Being Aladdin is a dream for any kid,

How do you feel about playing Aladdin?

I feel very happy, very excited. For me, it is something very interesting and new. Playing Aladdin is an opportunity for me to showcase my talent through the character of Aladdin. Everyone knows Aladdin all over world.

Tell us about your experience of acting in an epic like Aladdin?

 My prior experiences include portraying intense, angry and versatile characters. But this character of Aladdinis very different, quite different from the characters I’ve played already. I will get to learn a lot of things. I get to learn from every show. Every day, I get to learn something new and I am improvising on my scenes, so that people from all across the world talk about Aladdin.

Did you undertake any workshops for the role?

Yes, because it was becoming a bit difficult for me - the lines and the comic timing. The best part is that the lines and the show’s screenplay is very interesting. Even if you are not doing anything and just saying those lines, you will find it funny. So, while the workshops were on, we used to read the lines and laugh among ourselves. It was fun. Our director is really good. He notices each and everything. In Aladdin, all the reactions and actions are genuine. There won’t be any unnecessary comedy. There are rhymes and the dialogues themselves have quirkiness and smart ness. It took time to get a hang of it all, but the workshops that our director had given us for two weeks, the results and need of which I understand now, really helped.

To know more, watch Aladdin: Naam Toh Suna Hoga Monday to Friday at 9 pm on Sony SAB.