There is a lot of buzz around Bobby Deol starter Aashram: Chapter 2 – The Dark Side. For the role of a wrestler actor Aaditi Pohankar was trained by none other than the well-known wrestler Sangram Singh. He did so because of director for the series Prakash Jha who persuaded Sangram to so. In the end, Sangram not only trained Aaditi but also choreograph the wrestling sequences and trained the female wrestlers as well.
Speaking about her experience with Sangram, Aaditi said, “He’s a beautiful soul. And he gave me that belief…You will manage it. Don’t worry.”
Sangram is also all praise for Aaditi’s honesty towards her craft. He said, “She wanted to learn wrestling and perform well. She was charged up and had passion.”
Aaditi who packed a punch with her role as a wrestler in Part 1 of the series, recollect the time when she was first offered the role by filmmaker Prakash Jha. “When Aashram was offered to me, I still remember I had a meeting with Prakash sir, and he explained to me what the character is, her story and how impactful it can be. For one, he wanted a strong girl! And that time, I weighed 48 kgs.” So at that time, the biggest concern for her was how she will gain the desired weight.
Aaditi, had even auditioned for Dangal, was initially apprehensive about playing a wrestler in the show, but eventually realised that the trick lies in technique. In fact, one of the bouts that she was a part of even went on to last 24 minutes!
Bigger, bolder and stronger …Aashram: Chapter 2 – The Dark Side will see Kashipur Waale Baba Nirala return as the uncrowned king of his own kingdom. Bending every rule to suit himself, this edition will see him as a man so dark and vile, preying on the innocent in the name of faith.
Produced and directed by Prakash Jha, this sensational series also stars Bobby Deol, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Darshan Kumaar, Anupriya Goenka, Adhyayan Suman, Tridha Choudhury, Vikram Kochhar, Tushar Pandey, Sachin Shroff, Anuritta K Jha, Rajeev Siddhartha, Parinitaa Seth, Tanmaay Ranjan, Preeti Sood, Jahangir Khan, Kanupriya Gupta and Navdeep Tomar in pivotal roles.
Chapter 2 comprises of 9 episodes and goes live on 11 November on MX Player.