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"Dark roles bring out the better in me."  - Ashutosh Rana 

Sunday, August 1, 2021 • Tamil Comments

Dark roles bring out the better in me.  - Ashutosh Rana 

Actor Ashutosh Rana is a really talented yet underrated artist. He nails almost all the characters that he portrays and with dark roles, he's just unmissable. Lajja Shankar Pandey from 'Sangharsh' and Gokul Pandit from 'Dushman' are two of his most memorable roles. With his vast filmography comprising of mainly dark yet diverse characters, it is safe to assume that Ashutosh has a certain affinity for villainous roles.

He recently stated that dark characters bring out the better human being in him. Rana said, "There is a sort of an edge and energy in negative characters. If this energy goes up, a person becomes a saint, and if it comes down, a person becomes a devil. When you play a negative role, you get a chance to understand these energies. So, while playing these negative roles, Ashutosh Rana is making himself a better human being and is getting to know himself better. For me, acting is just not a profession, it is also a way to salvation."

He further elaborated, "The villainous characters have several ups and downs but a hero’s character is a plateau. This is why these days, a hero’s character also has grey shades because the audience never remembers a character which has been a plateau. You will remember the character of Amitabh Bachchan in Deewar who was playing on a grey shade or Sanjay Dutt of Vaastav or Jai and Veeru of Sholay. Out-and-out black or white characters do not leave any impact. Negative characters have diversity. They have a hunger in them to justify their existence.”

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