Many will remember Ritvik Sahore as the boy from Dangal and Ferrari Ki Sawaari. But over the years, Ritvik has also managed to impress as a lead actor, and with his projects such as Flames, Laakhon Mein Ek and short film The Twist. Ritvik now plays a new age enthusiast in MX Original Series Indori Ishq.
Ritvik portrays the character of Kunal, a victim of an unfaithful relationship. The show is touted to explore the rules of devotion in the modern day, and how it is different for the two sexes.
Ritvik elaborated on that, telling indianexpress.com: “This love story is different, yet recognizable. People deal with heartbreak in their own way. Indori Ishq shows how Kunal deals with it. I think it’s a nice mix of things. It’s different in that sense, it’s pure, honest, brutal, real and everything. I loved playing this character.”
Indori Ishq is a nine-episode drama directed by Samit Kakkad, also starring Vedika Bhandari and Aashay Kulkarni. It will start streaming on MX Player from today.
In the show, Ritvik plays a man in love who would do anything to win his love. But the actor said that doesn’t mean he agrees with his character on the show. “In the show I am not myself. I play my character Kunal. And the story is based on true events. It is the true story of writer Kunal Marathe. So to play my character in all honesty, I had to believe in everything the character does. It’s a life that has been lived and I have to portray it on the screen. I fully believe in what Kunal is doing to win his love.”
Ritvik has been acting for almost ten years and played various roles in different genres. So, do his previous characters have a stamp on anything new he takes on? “I’m not taking anything from my previous characters. I learn from my mistakes or a scene I could do better or if I’ve learned a new skill that makes my acting better. Otherwise it’s all raw because every character is new,” he said.
Claiming that the digital space gives actors the freedom to dig deeper into their characters, Ritvik added: “I lean towards movies. But OTT space helps an actor explore a character in its true size, as you can push a movie for up to three hours. A 10-episode show helps us dive deeper into it. So in terms of acting, web shows really help our performance.”
Ritvik has worked with names such as Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and Sakshi Tanwar. He shared what since he has no formal acting training, much of the process he learned by sharing screen space with them. “All I’ve learned about acting is working with such great talents from our country – from hardworking to punctual, determined. I firmly believe that hard work and humility can take you to other places. And I’ve noticed that with my co-stars, who are among the top actors in the industry right now. Wherever you go, keep that fire burning inside you and keep working hard.”
Ritvik also has Flames season 3 in his cat.