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Puneet Issar: It is very difficult to shoot mythological shows

  | September 06, 2013 13:57 IST (New Delhi)
Aarav Chaudhary

Puneet Issar as Duryodhana in a still from the 1988 Mahabharat.

Veteran actor Puneet Issar, who will portray the role of Parshuram in upcoming mythological saga Mahabharat, says working on historical dramas is very difficult and taxing.

Veteran actor Puneet Issar, who will portray the role of Parshuram in upcoming mythological saga Mahabharat, says working on historical dramas is very difficult and taxing.
"It is very difficult to shoot mythological shows. The costumes and the make-up are very time consuming... It definitely takes a toll on the body. The character requires a lot of preparation as you need to have creative thinking and understand what they must have thought or felt. Though I enjoy playing historical characters, it is very taxing," Puneet said.
The 53-year-old actor, who became a household name with his role of Duryodhana in BR Chopra's Mahabharat (1988-1990), says the new version is completely different from the earlier one.
Puneet is playing Parshuram in the new series, which is being touted as the most expensive TV show ever.
"This show is very different and on a large scale. The makers have used lot of VFX and advanced technology to shoot the story. It is a new series," he said.
The show is being directed by Siddharth Kumar Tewary andwill see Samir Dharmadhikari as Shantanu, Shayantani Ghosh as Satyavati, Aarav Chaudhary as Bheeshma, Arpit Ranka as Duryodhan, Praneet Bhatt as Shakuni, Saurabh Jain as Krishna, Ratan Rajput as Amba and Pooja Sharma as Draupadi.
The new show's introduction sequence was shot in Srinagar, while rest of the shooting will happen in Mumbai on a set.
Besides acting, Puneet has also directed films like Garv and I am Singh. He is planning to reteam with Salman.
"I am currently working on a script with Salman Khan. I will be directing the project but it is too early to talk about it."

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