”Playing a character like him is not easy”, Mukul Dev on being appreciated for his performance of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in ZEE5’s State of Siege: 26/11

by Aryeman

Mukul Dev’s looks and vocabulary are one of the key things loved by the audience, and when asked about it he said, “Lakhvi’s screen presence is mostly confined to the four walls of the control room and that’s what challenged me to bring this character to life. While I was doing my research, I distinctly remembered the voice of the man who was giving instructions to the terrorists in Mumbai. He had a rough voice with an accent. Being Punjabi it wasn’t difficult for me to get the lingo, but the task was to portray him with the same attitude and mannerism as a Pashto would. Getting down to every nitty-gritty of the character, from an eyebrow twitch to the way he drank his chai! The whole process challenged me as an actor.”

Starring Arjan Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Vivek Dahiya, Mukul Dev, Sid Makkar, Tara Alisha Berry, Khalida Jaan, Jyoti Gauba, Shoaib Kabeer, Roshni Sahota, Suzanne Bernert, Naren Kumar and Jason Shah, the show is directed by Matthew Leutwyler, produced by Abhimanyu Singh of Contiloe Pictures and is currently streaming on ZEE5.

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