Actor Eijaz Khan, who was last seen in Punar Vivaah, will be seen on Encounter this weekend. The three-episode story, which will be telecast from Friday to Sunday, will have the actor essaying the role of a police officer.
Talking about taking up this role, he says, “It’s a conscious decision to only do things that excite me. The moment I feel I’m doing something just for the sake of it, I take a step back. But this role is very exciting.” In order to make his character look authentic, the actor has also grown a moustache. “The only preparation I did was to grow a moustache. What I needed to make sure was that I am not wrong in my portrayal of a police officer. It was literally like mujhe police ki izzat sambhal kar rakhni hai. I know a few police officers, and my uncle too is an officer, so I spoke to him to get a few mannerisms right,” says the actor.
Khan was also excited to work with Santram Verma, the director of his episodes on the show, who he has never worked with in his ten-year television career. The three-episode story was shot in about 10 days, and according to the actor, this has been his toughest schedule so far. “It was like doing a film. I have to say, it’s been the toughest schedule ever for me, despite the fact that for an earlier project of mine, I’ve also shot continuously for 72 hours. Here I was beating up goons, wearing a uniform in the heat, and sweating, and jumping here and there. But that’s what makes it exciting for me,” he says.
Meanwhile, buzz is that Khan will next be seen in a fiction show for Star Plus. However he says, “I cannot talk about it right now.”
Buddha goes international
Buddha, which is being aired on Zee TV and Doordarshan and traces the journey of King Siddhartha becoming Lord Gautam Buddha, has now gone international. The show would now start in Sri Lanka as a bi-weekly from this week onwards. It will be dubbed in the Sinhalese language for Sri Lanka. Creative producer of the show, Ridhwana confirms the news, “Buddha having his staunch believers all over, we always believed that the show could be accepted globally. Sri Lanka is just the beginning, we intend to take it to other countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar.”